Pluteus thomsonii

Veined Shield

Status:

Occasional in the South, rarer in the North.

From latin, meaning something protective, like a shield.

Cap:

1-3cm

Stem:

2-5cm

Named after Thomson.

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Description

An easy to identify species with the distinctive cap that looks like someone has used a glue gun on it, with raised pale 'veins' that make this species quite unique. 

Smell

Not distinctive.

Season

Summer to Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

On rotting wood in decdious woods, usually preferring Beech (Fagus) or Ash (Fraxinus).

Edibility

Not Edible.

Confusion Species

Spores 

6-8 x 5-6 µm, smoth, globose to subglobose.

Spore Print Colour

Pink.

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It is so distinctive with the glue gun like cap that confusion with other species is unlikely. 


Velvet Shield (Pluteus umbrosus) is larger and has dark velvety ridges on the cap, not the pale 'veins' like the Veined Shield.