Pluteus salicinus

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Pluteus salicinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungus
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Pluteaceae
Genus: Pluteus
Species: P. salicinus
Binomial name
Pluteus salicinus
(Persoon ex Fries) Kummer

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Pluteus salicinus
mycological characteristics:
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gills on hymenium
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Flat cap icon.svg 

cap is convex or flat

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hymenium is free

stipe is bare

spore print is pink

ecology is saprophytic

edibility: psychoactive

Pluteus salicinus is a hallucinogenic mushroom which grows on wood and is widely distributed.


The cap is 2 to 8 cm across, convex to plane, gray, smooth with tiny scales near the center, darker at the margin, often with blue or greenish stains. The gills are free and start out white, turning pink in age. The stem is 3 to 11 cm long and 2 to 5 mm thick, white with bluish or greenish stains, especially near the bottom. The spores are pink, smooth, 8 x 6 micrometres. It is always found growing on wood.

Habitat and distribution

This mushroom grows in woodlands and is widely distributed across Europe and the United States. It is often found on alder and willow.

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