Cap: 3-10 cm; at first broadly convex, becoming flat or shallowly depressed; dry; fairly smooth; dull smoky brown or paler (occasionally nearly whitish); the margin even.
Gills: Attached to the stem or beginning to run down it; close or crowded; white, becoming pale brownish with age; when fresh staining pink to reddish when sliced.
Stem: 4-11 cm long; up to 1.5 cm thick; more or less equal; smooth, without potholes; colored like the cap or paler; often whitish near the base; usually bruising slowly pinkish to reddish.
Flesh: Whitish; usually staining pink to reddish on exposure, at least over time, but occasionally not staining (especially in dry, hot weather).
Milk: White; unchanging; usually staining tissues pink to reddish.
Odor and Taste: Odor not distinctive; taste variable, ranging from acrid (sometimes slowly) or peppery to mild.
Spore Print: Pale cream to buff.
Chemical Reactions: KOH negative on cap surface.
Microscopic Features: Spores 6-8 µ; globose or subglobose; ornamentation 0.5-1.5 µ high, as spines and ridges forming broken to nearly complete reticula. Pleuromacrocystidia absent. Cheilomacrocystidia usually inconspicuous but occasionally conspicuous; subcylindric to subfusiform; to about 40 µ long. Pileipellis a trichoepithelium or, in young caps, nearly a trichoderm.
Created: 2007-06-19 07:41:31 BST (+0100) by Nathan Wilson (nathan)
Last modified: 2014-01-22 16:21:53 GMT (+0000) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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