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Shaggy Parasol

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A common and tasty find if you are one of the lucky people who can eat it.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Shaggy Parasol
Scientific Name Lepiota 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’.

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