A common and tasty find if you are one of the lucky people who can eat it.
|Common Names||Shaggy Parasol|
|Scientific Name||Lepiota rhacodes|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||15|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Starting ovate, smooth and pale brown/pink opening flat with shaggy brown scales on a white background, usually with a smooth umbo.
Mixed woodland and anywhere shady particularly with conifers. Grows in troops or rings but can be found individually.
When young this mushroom looks very similar to some of the deadly amanitas, due to the fact it emerges from a sack-like structure and can have a similar looking cap. The confusion with other lepiotas which are smaller can be ignored if the mushroom cap is over twelve centimetres in diametre, when mature nothing that looks similar is anywhere near as big apart from the Parasol mushroom, Macrolepiota procera, pictured.
White. Ellipsoid, dextrinoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.
Taste / Smell
Good but must be cooked. Can cause gastric upsets in some people.
Shaggy Parasols can cause gastric upsets in about 1 in 25 people, if you are trying some for the first time, cook well and only try a small amount, wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
This mushroom can also be called Chlorophyllum rhacodes.
Rhacodes was a mispelling of the greek rhakos or rhacos which means ‘piece of cloth’.