Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans


Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans
Discovered in garden. 5th November 2020. © Peter Hillman
Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans
Discovered in garden. 10th November 2020. © Peter Hillman

A distinctive medium-sized mushroom with various shades of fiery orange with a lighter margin. The cap is silky smooth and sometimes felty, and it becomes flatter as it develops. The stem has no ring, is yellowish in colour, becoming flushed orange-brown, with fine longitudinal fibres. The gills are adnate and crowded, and are initially yellow, turning reddish-brown with rusty-brown spots.

Native, and fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.


Size
Cap 4-8 cm in diameter
Stem 4-7 cm long, 0.6-1.2 cm in diameter

When to see it
June to November.

Where to see it
Singly or in clumps on rotting stumps and logs in coniferous woodland and very occasionally also on hardwoods. It also grows on woodchips used as mulch.

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Strophariaceae (Roundheads, Tufts & Scalycaps)


More photos

Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans
Discovered in garden.
5th November 2020. © Peter Hillman