Cystodermella cinnabarina (Cinnabar Powdercap)
Europe, North America
Cap 3-8 cm diameter, stem 3-6 cm tall * 0.5-1.5 cm thick
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Cystodermella cinnabarina, also known as Cinnabar Powdercap, is a small agaric with a distinctive reddish-coloured grainy cap. The mushroom grows on the ground in coniferous and deciduous forests, often in moist, shady areas.

Cap starts as egg-shaped or convex, later becoming broadly convex, broadly bell-shaped, or nearly flat. The surface is covered with mealy, granular scales and exhibits colours ranging from cinnabar red to orange or rusty cinnamon. Gills white to cream, dense and emarginate or adnate. A finely cottony partial veil covers the gills in immature specimens, tearing away to leave behind a delicate ring. Stem more or less club-shaped, dry, white above the ring, and scaly below, with dark orange squamules. Flesh whitish, firm and stuffed. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: Spores measure 4-5 x 2.5-3 ยต, with an elliptical shape, smooth surface, and are inamyloid.

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