Freckled Dapperling

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

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).

Mushroom Type
Common Names Freckled Dapperling (EN), Pertyn Brych (CY), Jeżoskórka Ostrołuskowa (PL), Tüskés Őzlábgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Echinoderma asperum
Synonyms Lepiota aspera, Lepiota friesii, Cystolepiota aspera
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5-12
Average Cap width (CM) 6-18
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


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.


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




Saprotrophic, mainly grows in 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 (Amanita rubescens), pictured.

Spore Print

White. Dextrinoid.



Other Facts

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.


4 comments for Freckled Dapperling

  1. Jamie says:

    This looks just like a sarcodon imbrecatus or squamosus, is the only visible difference the gills? I thought I had identified a sarcodon imbrecatus a few days ago, apparently edible. This looks so close on first glance!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Sarcodon species have spines instead of gills.

  2. Ying says:

    Freckled Dapperling looks like Parasol … They all big size, flat and smell good…how to distinguish them 🧐

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The Parasol has the snakeskin pattern on the stem, a moveable skirt and is taller and wider than the Freckled Dapperling.

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