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The Blushing Wood Mushroom

Edible Edible
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An fairly easy to identify Agaric with its blushing stem and flesh.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Scaly Wood Mushroom
Scientific Name Agaricus silvaticus
Season Start May
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Spherical when young becoming convex. Pale brown fibre-like lines turning into small scales over a paler background. Any bruising or damage to the cap turns almost immediately to a striking red colour, see photos above.

Gills

Gills off-white becoming grey to red to dark brown. Crowded.

Stem

White when young turning pale tan/grey. Can have a bulbous base.

Skirt

A large, smooth and loose skirt.

Flesh

White staining very red when cut and eventually fading to brown.

Habitat

Coniferous woodland but can be found with deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

Agaricus haemorroidarius which grows in deciduous woodland and is also edible. Tricholoma vaccinum has no ring and the gills are more red/brown. It is also edible but poor.

Spore Print

Brown. Ovoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent, mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Uncommon.

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