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Macrolepiota rhacodes

   (Family: Lepiotaceae)
Common name: Shaggy Parasol EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Edible
Size: 100 - 150 mm
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Flesh: Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged
Spore colour:
Smell / taste: Pleasant and mildly mushroomy smell.
Fruiting season: winter
General info: EDIT
At first bay-brown and dome-shaped, then expanding almost flat. The cuticle breaks into shaggy, concentric scales, curled upwards and attached to the surface with fibers. Margin overhangin, like a frayed hem.
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: flat
Pileus (Cap) decorations: scales
Gill attachment: free
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: crowded
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  White to pinkish cram, darkening to buff.
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: tapering to base
Stem base: bulbous
Annulus: double
  Stem info: EDIT
  100mm-200mm long, tapering to a bulbous base. Smooth and whitish tinged pinky brown and bruising reddish. Hollow, lined with a pith-like substance. Ring Large, double and loose. Flesh firm and white, turning rust red when cut.
Habitat: Grows in woods
Habitat info: EDIT
This handsome mushroom is common in Europe and Britain where it frequently grows in association with conifers in woods and shrubberies, found under gum trees in South Africa.
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