Revised January 8, 2005, and October 18, 2007
Copyright 1998-2007 by John W. Allen


Inocybe haemacta (Berk. and Cooke) Sacc. Photo: Courtesy of Tjakko Stijve)

Inocybe haemacta


Cap: 1.4-6.5 cm broad. Obtusely conic at first with an incurved margin, soon expanding to convex to broadly convex to plane. Margin uplifting at times with aging and sometimes without an umbo, staining a greenish gray towards the center. Covered with fibrilss which appear as greenish-grey towards the center becoming pinkish where handled.

Gills:Narrowly adnate to almost free. Grayish brown with oilivaceous tones and staining reddish near the edges and turning red-brown with spore maturity.

Stem:17-85 mm long by 3-10 mm thick. equal to narrow along base. solid. fine hairs. Dingy white to bright pink near the apex when young and greyish-geen towards the base to nearly black with age. Odor is unpleasant. with a partial veil.

Spores:8-11.5 x 5-6.5 microns. smooth, conico-cylindrical.

Sporeprint:Dull gray-brown in deposit..

Habitat:In clay soils in alluvian plains, or in soils enrichwed with debris and underneath deciduous woods with oaks (Quercus) and beeches (Fagus).

Distribution:WIdespread throughout Europe but rare in the Netherlands and the British Isles.

Season:LAugust through October.

Dosage:1-2 grams dried.

Comment:A weak species and generally Inocybes contain muscarine yet the six species which contain psilocybine etc., apparently contain no muscarine. These Inocybes are not recommended for comsumption due to the fact that most of the members of this genus are somewhat toxic to humans.

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