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Spotted Toughshank

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A  late Summer to late Autumn mushroom that lives by decomposing and feeding on leaf litter and other organic matter. Although not poisonous, the Spotted Toughshank is very bitter.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Spotted Toughshank
Scientific Name Rhodocollybia maculata
Synonyms Collybia maculata
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 7
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

White. Starting convex but eventually opening out to flat with the edges upturning. Orange/red/brown spots and patches appear as the mushroom ages.

Gills

White to very pale pink, very crowded and free from the stem with brown spots appearing as it ages.

Stem

A plain white stem which can be ‘rooting’ and can develop brown spots.

Flesh

White and firm.

Habitat

Mainly found with pine and coniferous trees but can grow with deciduous trees or on heaths.

Possible Confusion

There are several white mushrooms that could be confused with the Spotted Toughshank, the most dangerous of which are the Destroying Angel, pictured, or white Deathcap. Although the two mushrooms have skirts, these could be eaten by slugs or damaged by the weather. Be very cautious when identifying mushrooms with white caps, gills and stem.

Spore Print

Off white to pale cream. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Bitter.

Frequency

Common

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