Name: Pluteus cervinus
Author: (Schaeff.) P. Kumm.
Citation: Kummer, P., 1871, Der Führer in die Pilzkunde: 99
Basionym: Agaricus cervinus Schaeff. 1774
Pluteus cervinus is characterized by pink spores, free gills, a white stipe, and a light brown pileus that can reach a diameter of 10 cm or more. Pluteus cervinus, although it may not be macroscopically beautiful, is quite marvelous under the microscope. It bears beautiful cystidia with apical horned projections. The spores are 5-8 × 4-6 um, elliptical and smooth.
Picture of an immature Pluteus cervinus
Photo courtesy of Dan Molter
Photo of a mature Pluteus cervinus
Photo courtesy of S.H.
Photo courtesy of Tom Volk
The common name of this species is the “Deer Mushroom”. It is only a coincidence that the deer mushroom resembles the color of the actual deer; the name comes from the horned cystidia that mimic a deer’s antlers.
this species is saprophytic .