Pluteus leoninus (Goudgele hertenzwam (BE) / Lion Shield (EN) / Löwengelber Dachpilz (DE) / Plutée couleur de lion (FR)) is a fungus in the Pluteaceae family. The species name "leoninus" (meaning like a lion) refers to the bright tawny or olivaceaous yellow color of the cap. The cap is slightly fibrous and has a faintly grooved margin. The centre of the cap can be usually darker with olivaceous tone. The cap is also hygrophanous. The underside of the cap is typical of the genus Pluteus: Gills are free, pale pink and edged with yellow. The stipe is white, even and striate with yellowish tinge from base upwards. The whole stem can become tinged pinkish as spores land on it. The species can only be found on dead wood.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/09/2010
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