Formerly a member of the genus Lepiota, this mushroom has undergone quite a few taxanomic changes and is now accepted as a member of genus Echinoderma (meaning hedgehog or porcupine like skin).
|Freckled Dapperling (EN), Pertyn Brych (CY), Jeżoskórka Ostrołuskowa (PL), Tüskés Őzlábgomba (HU)
|Lepiota aspera, Lepiota friesii, Cystolepiota aspera
|Average Mushroom height (CM)
|Average Cap width (CM)
6-18 cm. The cap is tan/orange/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, very crowded and free of the stem. Young mushrooms have a cotton like veil covering the gills rather like a Cortinarius.
5-11 cm long, 0.7-2 cm diameter. The stem is off white to tan, smooth above the ring, sparsely covered in brown scales below.
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 (Amanita rubescens), 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.