Formerly 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.
|Common Names||Freckled Dapperling|
|Scientific Name||Echinoderma asperum|
|Synonyms||Lepiota aspera, Lepiota friesii, Cystolepiota aspera|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||13|
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.
White and very crowded and free from the stem. Young mushrooms have a cotton like veil covering the gills rather like a Cortinarius.
Mainly deciduous woodland or on woodchip in parks or gardens. More frequent in Southern Britain.
Can look like the rarer Echinoderma hystrix.
Has a passing resemblance to The Blusher, pictured.
The edibility of this mushroom seems unknown and it has been shown to have adverse effects when consumed with alcohol so we don’t recommend consumption of this mushroom.