Agaricus silvaticus

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Agaricus silvaticus

11 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, covered with coarse scales, brown, bruising blood red, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, pinkish, then dark brown

Stem

Equal, or club shaped, white, then brown, bruising blood red, ring fleshy and near the apex

Flesh

Firm, white, bruising blood red

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On soil with coniferous trees

Spore Print

Brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (4.5-6.5) x (3-4) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia septate, club shaped to ovoid.

Edibility

Edible

Notes

According to Luis Alberto Parra Sanchez in Fungi Europaei volume 1, the correct species name is Agaricus sylvaticus. This species could be confused with Agaricus langei, which has larger spores