Pluteus cervinus is a dull brown mushroom with a mostly smooth cap surface, thick white flesh and free close, broad white gills that become pink to salmon-pink as the spores mature. The stem is even except at the slightly enlarged base. Pluteus cervinus grows from decaying hardwoods and conifers and is seen most often in spring and autumn when cooler temperatures prevail. Although edible, it is not considered ‘choice’, and in any case needs to be cooked soon after picking as it tends to quickly spoil.
Pluteus cervinus - young in front and older decomposing fruit bodies.