- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Pluteaceae
- Genus: Pluteus (Plyutey)
- Species: Pluteus podospileus
- Leptonia seticeps
- Pluteus minutissimus
With very few exceptions, Pluteus mushrooms (spit) require microscopic examination in order to achieve reliable species-level identification. The mud-legged rogue is no exception.
This mushroom grows quite rarely, in the forest, on the decaying wood of deciduous trees. Radial strokes on the cap and pale pink plates are the distinguishing features that distinguish the mud-legged spit from other small spitters.
Distribution: seen in Great Britain and Ireland, mainly in the south. It is often found in different countries of continental Europe from Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, but especially where there are many beech trees. There is evidence that Western Siberia is found on birch wood. It can grow on very small remnants of wood, on twigs submerged in the litter. Pluteus podospileus is also recorded in North America and Australia. The mushroom can be found from late summer to late autumn.
Hat: From 1.5 to 4 cm in diameter, from brown to black-brown, darker towards the center, covered with small pointed scales. First convex, then flattened, sometimes with a small tubercle, ribbed transparent striped towards the edge.
Stem: 2 – 4.5 cm long and 1 – 3 mm in diameter, slightly widened towards the base. The main color is whitish, the leg is longitudinally striped due to the tiny brownish scales covering it, which are usually located in the lower part of the leg more often than in the upper part.
Plates: Loose, frequent, wide, white in young mushrooms, turn pink with age, and turn pink-brownish as the spores mature.
Flesh: whitish in the cap, grayish-brown in the stem, does not change color on the cut.
Taste: according to some sources – bitter. Smell: pleasant, mild.
Spore powder: pale pink.
Microscopy: Spores 5.5 – 7.5 4.0 – 6.0 µm, broadly ellipsoidal. Basidia are tetrasporous, 21 – 31 6 – 9 microns.
Similar Species: Dwarf Pluteus (Pluteus nanus) Veinous Pluteus (Pluteus phlebophorus)