Inky Mushroom

Agaricus moelleri


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Inky Mushroom Agaricus moelleri Wasser (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 5–9cm across, ovate at first, becoming expanded; whitish ground, bruising yellow, densely covered with tiny grey-brown scales, especially towards centre. Stem 60–90Γ—10–12mm, bulbous; whitish, bruising yellow; initially covered in conspicuous flakes below the large membranous ring. Flesh white, discolouring faintly yellowish and later pale brown; taste and smell strong and unpleasant. Gills free; remaining light pink for a long time, at length blackish-brown. Spores 4–6Γ—3–4ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia globose or pear-shaped, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in woods; summer. Occasional. Poisonous. Note in my first book I used the name that this fungus was then known by, Agaricus placomyces Peck.

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