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Pavement Mushroom

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This fungi can grow through dry, compacted soil or even asphalt and seems to prefer growing beside paths and roads hence its common name.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Pavement Mushroom
Scientific Name Agaricus bitorquis
Season Start May
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

White and convex opening out to flat in mature specimens often covered in mud and dust.

Gills

Gills white/grey at first turning pink to dark brown. Crowded. Not joined onto the stem.

Stem

Robust, white and often tapering at the base.

Skirt

Has a double edged skirt, obvious in this picture, not always so on other Pavement Mushrooms.

Flesh

Meaty  white flesh turning slightly pink on cutting.

Habitat

Roadsides, path edges, under trees, bare soil, gardens or manure.

Possible Confusion

The Yellow Stainer, Agaricus xanthodermus but this mushroom stains chrome yellow when bruised or cut and smells of Indian ink, hospitals or iodine and not edible. Can look similar to some of the Amanitas when young and white gilled.

Spore Print

Brown. Subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Strong and mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

This seems to be the favourite mushroom of choice for maggots and even mushrooms that have just broken the surface are usually riddled with them. They are great tasting if you can find them maggot free or don’t mind the extra protein!

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