Species in the Plutaceae family have the typical umbrella shape with a central or eccentric stem attached to the underside of the cap flesh. They have free gills - unnattached to the stem.. They usually grow from dead wood; and they produce pinkish spore prints. They are saprotrophs - they break down and consume wood. Common species include Pluteus cervinus -  the Deer or Fawn Mushroom, and Pluteus petasatus. Some species of Pluteus are edible, but they are generally considered mediocre.

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