Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella candolleana

The mushroom Psathyrella candolleana grows in group in lawns and glades of forests near stumps in decay, either in spring or autumn season.

The cap achieves 3-8 cm diameter; it starts in conic shape and ochre colour, though it flattens and discolours with time. Young individuals keep white rests of the veil that hang from the cap edge, although not mature ones. There is no ring on the stipe. The gills beneath the cap are dense, brown-violaceous coloured, darker in aged mushrooms because the purple of its spores. In dry season the cap ridges in radial pattern. The stipe is paler than the cap; it’s really weak because it’s up to 10 cm tall but maximum 8 mm thick and hollowed. Mainly young individuals display small white scales on the cap and the stipe.

Psathyrella candolleana lives saprophytically from fallen wood and vegetal materials in the soil.

It has no gastronomic interest, neither popular name despite being frequent.

[photos Jordi Badia]