Wood Mushroom

Agaricus silvicola

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Wood Mushroom Agaricus silvicola (Vittad.) Peck (illustrated (e) 35% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex; cream, readily bruising ochraceous, becoming more yellow with age. Stem 50–80×10–15mm, base usually bulbous; concolorous with the cap; ring large and pendulous, upper surface white, lower drab. Flesh white; thin; taste mushroomy, smell of aniseed. Gills free; pale greyish-pink at first, later chocolate-brown. Spores 5–6×3–4¼, elliptical. Spore print purple-brown. Cheilocystidia numerous, 10–20×7–20¼, oval to subglobose, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in coniferous and deciduous woods; autumn. Occasional. Edible good. Note in the past the name A. abruptibulbus has been misapplied to this species by many European authors.