Genus PluteusGENUS PLUTEUS
The members of the genus Platens are fleshy fungi with pink spores, and gills free from the stem. They have no volva or wrapper about the young plant, and no ring or annulus on the stem. Eleven species are known from the United States, of which Pluteus cervinus, the fawn-coloured mushroom, is the commonest.
The generic name Platens means all that is joined together to make a cover for besiegers at their work, that they may he screened from the missiles of the enemy. The arrangement of the caps in the group pictured is suggestive of the meaning.