Agaricus dulcidulus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Agaricus dulcidulus Schulzer, Kalchbrenner (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, obtusely ovate, expanding flattened-convex; white at first, soon covered in small, lilaceous scales at the centre, with vinaceous fibres radiating out towards the white margin, finally yellowing to a dirty brownish. Stem 30–60×4–8mm, with a bulbous base; white but yellowing at base; ring double, pendulous. Flesh white, staining yellow in stem base; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills free; very pale at first then pinkish, finally grey-brown. Spores 4.5–5×2.5–3¼, elliptical. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia numerous, 12–26×4–14¼, ovate to broadly clavate, thin-walled, hyaline or brownish. Habitat in clearings and on the edges of deciduous and coniferous woods; summer to autumn. Rare. Poisonous to some people; best avoided. Note in my first book I published this mushroom as A. semotus, as did many mycologists; the correct name is now A. dulcidulus.