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Shaggy Parasol

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Inedible, can cause severe gastric upsets in some people.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Shaggy Parasol
Scientific Name Chlorophyllum rhacodes
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 15
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Starting ovate, smooth and pale brown/pink opening flat with shaggy brown scales on a white background, usually with a smooth umbo.

Gills

Gills white when young turning pale tan. Bruises red/orange. Crowded.

Stem

White to pale pink/brown. Smooth and plain with a double ring. Bulbous at the bottom.

Skirt

Has a double edged skirt that can become unattached and moved up and down the stem.

Bulbous Base

Has a bulbous base a little like a member of the Amanita family but it is not a volva.

Flesh

White bruising orange/red when cut.

Habitat

Mixed woodland and anywhere shady particularly with conifers. Grows in troops or rings but can be found individually.

Possible Confusion

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.

Spore Print

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.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

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’.

COMMENTS

10 comments for Shaggy Parasol

  1. peter wolffe says:

    dear madam/sir. i love to pick mushrooms, my partner hood winked into eating them lol, now ive got the bug to look and try, now living in colchester theres no funge club, i use your web site and a book i have many thanks for your web ive been looking for the beef stack found it then some person cut it all down now beef stack. pete.

  2. Nancy Dickson says:

    After a few days in the fridge our big shaggy mushroom doesn’t turn red when cut or bruised. The diameter is now 15 centimeters across.

    Is this ok ? Is there anything similar that is dangerous to eat? There doesn’t seem to be anything similar that is dangerous.
    Thanks!

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      They can share similarities with some Amanitas, particularly the Warted Amanita, Amanita strobiliformis which is not advisable to eat.

  3. Robert Johnson says:

    Found my first shaggy parasol of the year in a bit of a copse by a busy thoroughfare. Haven’t tried eating them yet but I was surprised to see them in June but given the weather we have had it feels like autumn some days.

  4. alexis z says:

    my lord.

    just found and fried a couple of caps.

    taste just like sirloin steak.

    yum.

  5. Peter Cliff says:

    hi.got a cluster of shaggy parasols growing at bottom of my garden in shade near a tree,First time in about 18 years nice surprise,I am seventy now and used to love collecting edible fungi in my early twenties but never tried shaggy Ive just fried a small piece to be on the safe side hopefully I am right and will enjoy the rest if I am,Peter

  6. Bob says:

    You sure says shaggy parasols are chlorophyllum Rhacodes, but they are macrolepiota rhacodes. Just letting you know about a typo!!

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      Hi Bob
      As with many other mushrooms their scientific name has recently been changed, they are no longer Macrolepiota.

  7. Edward F Wicke says:

    I picked a lot these in mid-Hampshire and loved the taste. I found them to taste similar to the parasol mushrooms, but meatier. In good years we froze batches of these; they could be cooked from frozen and were then a little soggy but still good!

  8. Chris Yeamans says:

    Hi there, just picked one of these in our nearby wood today. i was wondering why it’s listed as inedible, but then later on you say it is edible (with obvious provisos)
    thanks
    great website and videos by the way

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