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5 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Convex, expanding with age, covered with coarse scales when young, white, becoming pale yellow to pale brown in the centre, to about 20 cm across
Free, crowded, broad, pinkish, then dark brown
Cylindrical to club shaped, often rooting, smooth at the apex, scaly below, apical ring large and fleshy
Firm, white in the cap, pale brown in the stem
Pleasant, variously described as aniseed or almond
Summer to late autumn
In grass, and in open areas in woodland
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (9-12) x (5-7) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia bladder shaped to ovoid.
Edible and good
This species is distinguished from most Agaricus species by the large spores
Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 5 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin