Freckled Dapperling

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Formally a member of the Lepiota family this mushroom has undergone quite a few taxanomic changes and is now accepted as a member of the Echinoderma (meaning hedgehog or porcupine like skin) family.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Freckled Dapperling
Scientific Name Echinoderma asperum
Synonyms Lepiota aspera, Lepiota friesii, Cystolepiota aspera
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 13
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

The cap is tan/pale brown with dark brown pyramid scales especially concentrated in the middle. The cap starts convex but opens out flat to having upturned edges with age.

Gills

White and very crowded and free from the stem.

Stem

The stem is off white to tan, smooth above the ring, sparsely covered in brown scales below.

Skirt

Smooth and cotton like on top with brown scales at the edge on the underside.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Mainly deciduous woodland or on woodchip in parks or gardens. More frequent in Southern Britain.

Possible Confusion

Can look like the rarer Echinoderma hystrix.
Has a passing resemblance to The Blusher, pictured.

Spore Print

White. Dextrinoid.

Frequency

Occasional.

Other Facts

The edibility of this mushroom seems unknown but it has been shown to have adverse effects when consumed with alcohol.

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