Volvopluteus gloiocephalus  (DC.) Vizzini, Contu & Justo (2011)
Main synonym = Volvariella gloiocephala    (DC.) Boekhout & Enderle 1986
Taxonomical Classification:  Fungi / Basidiomycota / Agaricomycetes / Agaricales / Pluteaceae
Stubble rosegill     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
Volvopluteus gloiocephalus, also known as stubble rosegill, is a mushroom of the Pluteaceae family. It is sometimes considered to be a variety of Volvariella speciosa, which can be distinguished, however, by its white cap and non-striate margin. It was known for long under the taxon Volvariella gloiocephala until a phylogenetic revision in 2011 by Vizzini, Contu and Justo which resulted in four closely related Volvopluteus species.

It grows mostly on grassy soil but can also occur on dung, straw, manured ground, and compost heaps. Its cap diameter is quite large, up to 15c. Gills range from pale-whitish in youth to pinkish to pale brownish (cafelatte) in maturity. It has an earthy odor and lacks a distinctive taste. It is quite frequent in Malta usually on ground with woody debris of stalks and stems of dried plants (eg. fennel). It was observed in the island of Gozo too (Xaghra, Dec 2013).

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