Macrolepiota procera

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Macrolepiota procera

23 October 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Parasol Mushroom

Cap

Initially spherical and smooth, then expanding with a central bump, covered in coarse scales, surface soft and felty, to about 25 cm across

Gills

Free, broad, close, white

Stem

Equal, pale brown, and decorated with a zig zag pattern, with a large soft ring, which sometimes moves freely along the stem, hollow, base bulbous

Flesh

Firm in the cap, fibrous in the stem, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Sweet

Season

Late Summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In pastures, along road sides, and in clearings in woods

Spore Print

White

Edibility

Edible, excellent

Notes

This species could be confused with several species including M. rhacodes, M. konradii, M. mastoidea and M. excoriata. It is recognised by its large size, unchanging flesh, and large spores.

Additional Photographs

Macrolepiota procera

23 October 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Macrolepiota procera

23 October 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin