Blushing Wood Mushroom

Agaricus silvaticus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Blushing Wood Mushroom Agaricus silvaticus Schaeff. syn. A. haemorrhoidarius Schulzer (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex; covered in ochre to brown fibrils, breaking up into small, adpressed scales. Stem 50–80×10–12mm; whitish, sometimes with brownish, fibrous scales below the dirty brown ring. Flesh white, reddening on cutting when fresh, later turning brownish; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills pale at first then reddish, later dark brown. Spores 4.5–6×3–3.5¼, ovate. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, clavate. Habitat in mixed woods; summer to autumn. Common. Edible good.