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Weeping Widow

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

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.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Weeping Widow
Scientific Name Lacrymaria lacrymabunda
Season Start Jun
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Gills

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.

Stem

Shaggy with small scales. White/off white with a ring zone near the top.

Skirt

Has ring zone where the veil breaks away rather than a skirt. This can become blackened by the spores.

Flesh

Cream-brown.

Habitat

Mainly in grassland, grass verges or woodland glades.

Possible Confusion

A distinctive mushroom.

Spore Print

Black. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Bitter. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Common.

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