Agaricus phaeolepidotus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Agaricus phaeolepidotus (F.H. Møller) F.H. Møller (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex at first, expanding flat, covered with small, reddish-brown scales on a cinnamon ground, more intense at the centre. Stem 60–90×10–15mm, often bent at the base, bulbous; whitish, marking brownish; ring large, membranous, floppy. Flesh white, discolouring faintly yellowish in the stem and dingy pink in the cap; taste and smell strong and unpleasant, like ink or iodine. Gills free; dull beige, at length blackish-brown. Spores 4.5–6×3–3.5¼, ovate. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia balloon-shaped. Habitat in deciduous woods, also reported from grassy dunes; summer to autumn. Rare. Not edible.