The Prince

Agaricus augustus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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The Prince Agaricus augustus Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 10–20cm across, obtusely ovate at first, then expanding convex; yellowish-brown, covered in chestnut-brown, fibrous scales. Stem 100–200×20–40mm; whitish, bruising yellowish, with small scales below the ring which discolour brownish with age; ring white, large, and pendulous. Flesh white, becoming tinged reddish with age; thick; taste mushroomy, smell strongly of bitter almonds. Gills free; white at first then brown. Spores elliptical, 7–10×4.5–5.5¼. Spore print purple-brown. Cheilocystidia formed of chains of bladder-shaped elements. Habitat in coniferous and deciduous woods; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible good.