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Shaggy Parasol


Shaggy Parasols can be abundant on the forest floor in Autumn.
Shaggy Parasols can be abundant on the forest floor in Autumn.
A fine troop of young Shaggy Parasols.
A fine troop of young Shaggy Parasols.
Very young Shaggy Parasols, care should be taken with the ID of mushrooms when this immature.
Very young Shaggy Parasols, care should be taken with the ID of mushrooms when this immature.
The gills are starting to discolour in this photo.
The gills are starting to discolour in this photo.
The red/orange stain on the damaged flesh of a Shaggy Parasol.
The red/orange stain on the damaged flesh of a Shaggy Parasol.
Shaggy Parasol, Lepiota rhacodes.
Shaggy Parasol, Lepiota rhacodes.
Shaggy Parasols can be abundant on the forest floor in Autumn.
Shaggy Parasols can be abundant on the forest floor in Autumn.
Shaggy Parasol, Lepiota rhacodes.
Shaggy Parasol, Lepiota rhacodes.
A pair of young Shaggy Parasols.
A pair of young Shaggy Parasols.
A mature Shaggy Parasol.
A mature Shaggy Parasol.


Mushroom Type Edible
   
Latin Name Lepiota rhacodes
   
Season Start July
Season End December
   
Maximum height (CM) 15
Maximum width (CM) 15
   
Smell Faint, pleasant.
Gills White when young turning pale tan. Bruises red/orange. Crowded.
Spore Print White. Smooth, elliptical/dextrinoid.
Stem White to pale pink/brown. Smooth and plain with a double ring. Bulbous at the bottom.
Cap Starting ovate, smooth and pale brown/pink opening flat with shaggy brown scales on a white background, usually with a smooth umbo.
Flesh White bruising orange/red when cut.
Habitat Mixed woodland and anywhere shady particularly with conifers. Grows in troops or rings but can be found individually.
Taste Excellent but must be cooked. Can cause gastric upsets in some people.
Possible Confusion When young this mushroom looks very similar to some of the deadly amanitas, due to the fact it emerges from a sack-like structure and can have a similar looking cap. The confusion with other lepiotas which are smaller can be ignored if the mushroom cap is over twelve centimetres in diametre, when mature nothing that looks similar is anywhere near as big apart from the Parasol mushroom.
Description Common. This mushroom can also be called Chlorophyllum rhacodes. Rhacodes was a mispelling of the greek rhakos or rhacos which means 'piece of cloth'.