A fairly common, tasty mushroom on alkali soils in grassland, woodland and even occasionally on sand dunes.
|Common Names||Slender Parasol|
|Scientific Name||Macrolepiota mastoidea|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||20|
|Average Cap width (CM)||12|
The cap starts rounded and tan brown, darker in the middle. This opens out to almost flat, cracking the brown surface leaving behind ‘scales’ with an off white background. There is always quite a pronounced umbo in the middle of the cap.
The stem is usually quite long with the ‘snakeskin’ pattern of the true Parasol only very pail.
The double skirt is white on the upper surface, brown on the lower surface and can be moved up and down the stem if attempted delicately.
The Slender Parasol does have a bulbous base but it does not resemble the volva of dangerous Amanitas.
The white flesh may discolour slightly when exposed to air but will not turn orange/red like the Shaggy Parasols.
White/off white. Ellipsoid.