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Slender Parasol

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A fairly common, tasty mushroom on alkali soils in grassland, woodland and even occasionally on sand dunes.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Slender Parasol
Scientific Name Macrolepiota mastoides
Synonyms Macrolepiota konradii
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 20
Average Cap width (CM) 12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Gills

The gills are crowded, white/off white, free from the stem with some of them being forked.

Stem

The stem is usually quite long with the ‘snakeskin’ pattern of the true Parasol only very pail.

Skirt

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.

Bulbous Base

The Slender Parasol does have a bulbous base but it does not resemble the volva of dangerous Amanitas.

Flesh

The white flesh may discolour slightly when exposed to air but will not turn orange/red like the Shaggy Parasols.

Habitat

Grassland, moors and woodland with an alkali soil. Can occasionally be found on sand dunes.

Possible Confusion

Could be confused with the Parasol but it has a much darker snakeskin pattern on the stem and cap.
The Shaggy Parasols, pictured, look similar but have plain stems and flesh that will bruise orange/red. 

Spore Print

White/off white. Ellipsoid.

Frequency

Common.

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