Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield)
Europe, North America
Cap 4-12 cm diameter, stem 7-10 cm tall * 0.5-1.5 cm thick
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Pluteus cervinus, also known as Deer Shield, is a medium to large agaric with a dark brown cap that is often radially streaked and gills that are free from the stem. The mushroom grows solitary or in small more or less clustered groups, on rotting stumps and other woody debris of broad-leaf and, very occasionally, coniferous trees.

Cap sepia or dark umber-brown, often with darker radial streaks, convex, becoming more flattened, more or less smooth, with or without a broad central bump. The flesh is whitish, firm and moderate. The cap skin is fibrous. Gills free from the stem, broad, either close or crowded, with short gills being frequent. Initially white, they turn pink and eventually assume a deep flesh colour. Stem whitish with darker fibres, more or less equal in width or slightly swollen at the base and smooth. The stem has no ring. Spore print pale pink.

Microscopic Features: Spores are ellipsoidal, with a smooth surface, measuring 6-8 x 4-6 micrometers.

Pluteus cervinus on the First Nature Web site.
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