Leratiomyces ceres

Redlead Roundhead

Status:

Common.

Named after French botanist Auguste-Joseph Le Rat

Cap:

2-6 cm

Stem:

2-5 cm

Probably from Cerise, which is from the French, meaning "cherry", a reference to red colour.

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Description

A species which has increased in its distribution over recent years, presumably as a result of more woodchip being used as mulch, where this species likes to occur. It is quite a distinctive species, usually growing in quite large numbers, and at first their colour is vibrant and with a sticky cap, but this can fade with age or in very dry weather. 

Smell

Not distinctive.

Season

Autumn, though occaisonally summer and into winter if it is mild. 

Habitat & Distribution

Mainly on woodchip, but sometimes also on very rotted vegetation on basic soils. 

Edibility

Not edible.

Confusion Species

Spores 

9-14 x 6-7.5 µm, smooth, ellipsoidal.

Spore Print Colour

Browny-purple.

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When it is fresh it should be a straight forward species to identify.