Lepista saeva    (Fr.) P.D. Orton 

common name(s) : Field Blewit, Blue-leg 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Tricholomataceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales/Tricholomataceae/Tricholomatoideae/Lepisteae [sub-genus:Rhodopaxillus]  

synonyms: Tricholoma saevum, Rhodopaxillus saevus, Tricholoma personatum, Lepista personata, Rhodopaxillus personatus, Clitocybe saeva 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Lepista personnata)  

edibility : edible, good

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photo gallery of  Lepista saeva potential confusions with  Lepista saeva toxicity of Lepista saeva genus Lepista  

The cap is pale grey . The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is violet, without ring.

The flesh is whitish to flesh pink, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is pleasant (resembling the wood blewit) or mealy; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white to flesh pink, emarginate, crowded . The spore print is pale pink. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground, on a rather calcareous soil.

The fruiting period takes place from July to March.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 10 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 6 cm (between 3 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 10 and 35 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : distinctive purple stem in the youth; gills easily separated from cap; in parks, meadows

Lepista saeva is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lepista saeva in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lepista saeva in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18