Agaricus urinascens var.

excellens

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Mushrooms

By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Agaricus urinascens var. excellens (F.H. Møller) Nauta syn. A. excellans (F.H. Møller) F.H. Møller (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 10–15cm across, convex; white, yellowing slightly at the centre, especially with age; silky, densely covered in minute, fibrous scales of the base colour. Stem 100–140×20–35mm; white; ring thick and white, the underside scaly. Flesh white, becoming more or less pink on cutting; thick; taste sweet and mushroomy, smell slight, of aniseed. Gills pale grey-pink. Spores 9–12×5–7¼, elliptical. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia 10–38×5–16¼, globose or ovate to broadly clavate, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat amongst grass in open woodland, especially with spruce; autumn. Rare. Edible.

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