This web site will be closing down: please use www.EnglishFungi.org instead.

Calocybe gambosa

| |
Calocybe gambosa

19 April 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

St. George's Mushroom

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, smooth, white or cream, sometimes with pale ochraceous patches, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Narrow, crowded, white

Stem

Cylindrical to club shaped, white

Flesh

White, firm

Smell

Mealy

Taste

Mealy

Season

Spring. Appears soon after St. George's Day, 23rd April.

Distribution

Common

Habitat

On soil, with grass, at the edge of woods, and on roadside verges.

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (5-7) x (2-4) µm2

Edibility

Edible, and considered good by some people, though many find the mealy taste unpleasant

Notes

Could be confused with the poisonous Entoloma sinuatum which occasionally appears in the Spring

Additional Photographs

Calocybe gambosa

19 April 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin