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Butter Cap

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Peter Orchard

A widespread and very common species amongst fallen needles in coniferous woodland although it does occur in deciduous woodland as well.


  • Collybia butyracea: the butter cap fungus

    Post date: Friday, 20 January, 2017 - 21:11

    The colouring of the butter cap (Collybia butyracea) can be quite variable but this coffee and cream colouring seems to crop up quite frequently although coffee with no cream edge seems to common too. The species itself is widespread and very common amongst fallen needles in coniferous woodland although it does occurr in deciduous woodland as well. Emerging with a convex cap it tends to flatten out with age and can grow to around 3 inches across. However, the main aid to idenfification is the greasy or buttery surface to the cap, hence its common name.

    It is not a recommended species for eating.


Common Name Butter Cap
Alternative Name(s) Greasy Toughshank
Scientific Name Collybia butyracea
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