Scaly Wood Mushroom
A great tasting mushroom with flesh that bruises or oxidises red. Similar in looks to The Prince (Agaricus augustus), though smaller in size.
|The Great Wood Mushroom, Madarch Cennog y Coed (CY), Pieczarka Krwawiąca (PL), Kárminhúsú Csiperke (HU)
|Average Mushroom height (CM)
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5-15 cm. Spherical when young becoming convex. Covered in concentric slightly reddish brown scales on a white to pale yellow background.
5-10 cm long, 1.5-3 cm diameter. White to pale cream with red hints, smooth above the skirt and covered in small brown scales below.
A superior, single white fleshy ring hanging down with brown to grey floccules on the underside.
White, bruising or oxidising to pink/red. Can be yellowish in the base of the stem in older specimens.
Inky Mushroom (Agaricus moelleri), pictured, looks similar but the chemical, unpleasant smell of the flesh of this toxic mushroom and the fact its flesh doesn’t stain red should keep you safe.
The Prince (Agaricus augustus) is similar but usually a lot larger and delicious so there is no harm confusing the two.
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