Fig 1
CAP: 10-20cm in diameter.  Starting cream coloured but soon blackening as if scorched by a nearby fire.  Surface smooth with a depressed centre.  The margin is slightly incurved. STIPE: Whitish cream then becoming brown and finally black.  Widens towards the apex. GILLS/PORES: Gills are pale ochre and redden when cut. They are thick and widely spaced and of differing lengths. FLESH: Mild to the taste, firm and off white.  Turns dull cherry red on cutting then brown and finally soot black. SPORES: White, ovoid with small warts. HABITAT: Broadleaf woodland but occasionally with conifers. SEASON: Very common.  Late summer to autumn. EDIBILITY: Inedible.

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