Agaricus lanipes

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Agaricus lanipes (F.H. Møller & Jul. Schäff.) Singer (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex at first, then depressed at the centre and undulate; chocolate-brown; breaking up into broad, flattened scales, especially towards the margin. Stem 40–60×20–35mm, squat, narrowing at the apex, swollen towards the slightly bulbous base, which tapers into a whitish, root-like, mycelial strand 1–10mm thick; white above the ring, brownish and slightly scaly below, bruising rust; ring white on upper surface, brownish below. Flesh white, becoming reddish on cutting, especially at the stem apex, and orange at the base; taste sweet and mushroomy, smell mushroomy. Gills free, crowded; pale pink at first, later dark brown. Spores 5.5–6.5×3.5–4¼, elliptical. Spore print dark brown. Cheilocystidia 16–28×8–14¼, tufted, clavate, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in deciduous woods and manured fields; summer to late autumn. Uncommon. Edible delicious.