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Agaricus macrosporus

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Occasional, but being a large mushroom can often be seen from a distance. Unfortunately maggots are able to spot this mushroom as well and almost all the Macro mushrooms I find are maggot ridden.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Macro Mushroom
Scientific Name Agaricus macrosporus
Synonyms Agaricus urinascens
Season Start May
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex opening out flat becoming scaled and splitting at the edges when mature. Off-white with a pale yellow or brown flush.

Gills

Crowded, starting pink and turning to brown then almost black.

Stem

White/cream and covered in floccules. The stem tapers towards both the cap and base.

Skirt

Has a flimsy skirt that can often be washed or brushed off.

Flesh

White and firm, flushing red/pink in the stem when cut.

Habitat

Pastures, lawns and anywhere grassy. Growing in rings or sometimes individually.

Possible Confusion

The Yellow Stainer, Agaricus xanthodermus but this mushrooms flesh stains chrome yellow when bruised or cut and smells of Indian ink. Agaricus pilatianus which also stains yellow and smells similar. Both do not smell edible. Can look similar to some of the Amanitas when young and light gilled.

Spore Print

Brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Occasional.

Other Facts

Even when young these are always full of maggots.

COMMENTS

1 comment for Agaricus macrosporus

  1. Andy Webb says:

    Really like the taste of this one

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