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Porcelain Fungus

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Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Grows in large numbers and is great for the pot as long as the tough stems are removed and the slime washed off.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Porcelain Fungus
Scientific Name Oudemansiella mucida
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Slightly grey becoming white and covered in clear slime. Convex then flattening.

Gills

Gills white, quite distant and joined to the stem, adnate.

Stem

White, thin and tough and has a small skirt.

Skirt

Has a small but usually visible skirt.

Flesh

Thin and white.

Habitat

On trunks of diseased or dead beech trees and stumps, often in vast numbers.

Possible Confusion

It is not really possible to confuse this mushroom with any other with its porcelain look and slimy top.

Spore Print

White. Has many spores and a print can take less than an hour. Globose to subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Not distinctive when raw, good mushroomy taste when the slime is washed off and the mushroom cooked. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Fairly common.

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