Pavement Mushroom

Agaricus bitorquis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Pavement Mushroom Agaricus bitorquis (Quél.) Sacc. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex, soon flattened; white with faintly ochraceous flakes. Stem 30–60×15–20mm; white; two separate, sheathing rings, the lower thinner and resembling a volva. Flesh white, tinged faintly pink on cutting; taste mushroomy, smell pleasant. Gills free; dirty pink at first, soon clay, finally dark chocolate-brown. Spores 4–6.5×4–5¼, subglobose. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, clavate. Habitat in gardens and at roadsides, sometimes found growing through asphalt; late spring to autumn. Occasional. Edible good.