Fig 1
CAP: 3-8cm in diameter. Convex then expanding to flat with an obvious umbo always present. The colours tones are variable with reddish-oranges, dark browns to pallid buffs all common. When the distinctively greasy cap fades the central umbo usually remain darker (giving a two-tone effect) whilst the margin can be somewhat paler. STIPE: Quite tough (cartilagenous), yellowish to tawny brown, hollow and tapers upwards from a spongy woolly base. GILLS/PORES: Gills are whitish to greyish-pink and are actuate to free. FLESH: Whitish-buff, fibrous and watery. Odour and taste slightly rancid. SPORES: Yellowish, smooth and elliptical. HABITAT: In large troops in coniferous and deciduous woodland particularly with Beech. SEASON: Common.  Autumn to early winter. EDIBILITY: Edible but not worthwhile.

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