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Tapinella atrotomentosa

Tapinella atrotomentosa


Common Name: Velvet Paxillus

Synonyms: Paxillus atrotomentosus

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Yellowish to Brownish

Gill Color: Yellowish


I enjoy finding this stout mushroom. It is found growing from wood, which can sometimes be slightly buried under the leaves. Dull brown surface to the cap that is sometimes velvety, but its most distinguishing feature is not always visible at first. The stem should be covered with a dark brown, sometimes almost black hairs, giving it a fine velvety appearance and texture. Atrotomentosus means "black" and "densely hairy."

This mushroom may often adopt more a a shelf-like orientation on the wood, rather than a more traditional upright form. Gills run down the stem slightly.

Will cause stomach upset if ingested. Sometimes severe.




Tapinella atrotomentosa

6/5/12 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN