Unlike the name suggests the Weeping Widow is not a poisonous mushroom but has a bitter taste making it rather inedible.
The ‘weeping’ seems to refer to the droplets of water, usually blackened by the spores, that drip from the edges of the cap.
|Common Names||Weeping Widow (EN), Dagrau'r Weddw (CY), Kruchawica Aksamitna (PL), Könnyező Szálkásgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Lacrymaria lacrymabunda|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
At first bell shaped then flattening out but retaining an umbo. Tan-ochre with yellow and red-brown hints. The cap has a fibrous-wooly appearance with the fibres running from the centre of the cap to the edges where they can hang and give the edge of the cap a woolly fringe that can be stained black by the spores and can ‘weep’ droplets of water.
Initially covered in a cobweb like veil the gills start yellow-brown then turn dark brown-purple with a light edge turning black with the release of spores. Quite crowded.
Has ring zone where the veil breaks away rather than a skirt. This can become blackened by the spores.
A distinctive mushroom.
Taste / Smell
Bitter. Should be cooked before consumption.
Completely missed the opportunity to call them Cottage caps or Thatched caps.