Agaricus gennadii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Agaricus gennadii (Chatin & Boud.) P.D. Orton (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 4–8cm across, convex with an inrolled margin; white to pale ochre, marking slightly pink then brown; smooth or finely scaly, margin appendiculate. Stem 40–60×8–12mm, stubby, cylindrical; whitish, staining a little pink or brownish; initially with a slight ring, in addition to the thick, distinct volva. Flesh white, discolouring faintly pinkish and later pale brown; hard; taste and smell strong and unpleasant. Gills free; pinkish-grey, at length dark brown. Spores 8–10×5–7¼, elliptical. Spore print brown. Habitat in conifer woods, on grass verges, and in cemeteries, often with exotic conifers or eucalyptus, usually on sandy soil, in warm areas; summer to autumn. Very rare. Said to be edible but with caution.