Macrolepiota rhacodes var. bohemica

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Macrolepiota rhacodes var. bohemica (Wichansky) Bellù & Larzoni syn. M. rhacodes var. hortensis (Pilát.) Wasser syn. Lepiota rhacodes var. hortensis Pilát. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 10–15cm across, subglobose at first, expanding to convex; reddish-brown; smooth then disrupting into large, angular scales, exposing the whitish, fibrous subcutaneous layer, except at the centre. Stem 60–70×18–24mm, ending in a large, subspherical bulb 40–60mm across; white, discolouring brownish below large, thick, double ring. Flesh white, discolouring orange or reddish on cutting; taste and smell pleasant. Gills white to cream, eventually dirty buff or brown-spotted. Spores 10–13×7.5–9.5¼, elliptical with germ-pore; dextrinoid. Spore print white. Habitat on rich soil in gardens and compost heaps; summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible but may cause gastric upsets in some people.