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.
|Common Names||Spotted Toughshank (EN), Coeswydn Fannog (CY), Monetnica Plamista (PL), Foltos Fülőke (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Rhodocollybia maculata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||7|
White. Starting convex but eventually opening out to flat with the edges upturning. Orange/red/brown spots and patches appear as the mushroom ages.
White to very pale pink, very crowded and free from the stem with brown spots appearing as it ages.
There are several white mushrooms that could be confused with the Spotted Toughshank, the most dangerous of which are the Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa), pictured, or the white variety of the Deathcap (Amanita phalloides var. alba). 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.
Off white to pale cream. Ellipsoid.
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