Pluteus petasatus

Common Names: Pluteus petasatus
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Pluteaceae family

A saprobic fungus on the deadwood of hardwoods, but frequently found in woodchips and woody mulch. Cap is 5 to 14 cm; convex at first, becoming broadly convex or nearly flat, with or without a shallow central bump; tacky when fresh but soon dry; bald when young, becoming finely scaly over the center. Color is variable, usually whitish or very pale brown, with a darker, browner center, but sometimes medium to dark brown. The margin not lined, but often splitting radially in places by maturity. Gills are free from the stem; close or crowded; short-gills frequent; white at first, and remaining so for quite a while, but eventually pink to brownish pink. Stem is 3.5 to 12 cm long; 4 to 20 mm thick; more or less equal, or with a slightly enlarged base; dry; bald or, near the base, finely fibrillose; whitish, discoloring brownish to brown below.

Appears late spring through fall.

Edible Notes: Sources report the mushroom as edible but not particular desirable.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.