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The Prince

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Can accumulate cadmium so best picked from the wild away from urban spaces and busy roads.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Prince
Scientific Name Agaricus augustus
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 20
Average Cap width (CM) 20
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Spherical when young becoming convex. Covered in concentric chestnut brown scales on a white to pale yellow background. Can stain yellow on the edges where touched.

Gills

Gills starting off white to pink, maturing to dark brown. Crowded. Not attached to the stem.

Stem

White to pale cream and smooth above the skirt and covered in small brown scales below.

Skirt

A large pendulous skirt.

Flesh

White sometimes with a yellow tinge where cut or bruised.

Habitat

Mixed woodland, particularly under conifers, lawns and roadsides, .

Possible Confusion

 Agaricus moelleri, pictured, looks similar but the chemical, unpleasant smell of the flesh of this mushroom should keep you safe.
The Prince also looks a little like some of the Lepiotas but these always have white/off white gills not the pale pink to brown gills of the Agaric family.

Spore Print

Purple/chocolate brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent. Mushroomy. The flesh smells of bitter almonds. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

One of our favourite mushrooms.

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