Lepista panaeolus

Spotted Blewit

Status:

Uncommon to Rare

Chalice or Goblet shaped.

Cap:

10-12cm

Stem:

5-6cm

Means variegated.

Description

A characteristic species of meadows and unimproved pasture that often grows in large rings. Care should be taken with older specimens as the spots around the edge of the cap disappear with age and they can resemble other pale grassland species. The cap is smooth.

Smell

Mealy, like wet flour, quite strong. 

Season

Autumn, especially later in the season. We often find this species when search for wax caps towards the end of October. 

Habitat & Distribution

Meadows, churchyards and unimproved grassland. Usually when you find this species there is also a good array of waxcaps, clubs and corals too. This species often grows in large rings. 

Edibility

Edible but it would be wise to leave them alone, not only are they quite rare but the older specimens could be confused with more poisonous species such as the Clitocybes, which occur in the same habitat.

Confusion Species

Spores 

4.5-7 x 3-5µ, minutely roughened, ellipsoid.

Spore Print Colour

Pale pink.

Young specimens with the ring of spots on the cap should be straight forward, but older specimens that have lost these could look like some of the poisonous grassland Clitocybes, such as Fool’s Funnel (Clitocybe rivulosa) which also grows in rings, although it is generally smaller than the Spotted Blewit.

Tel. 07533 132 129 

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Manchester, Cheshire, Deeside & North Wales

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