Verdigris Agaric

Stropharia aeruginosa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Verdigris Agaric Stropharia aeruginosa (Curtis) Quél. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, convex to bell-shaped then flattened and slightly umbonate; blue to blue-green from the gluten and flecked with white scales, becoming pale yellowish as this is lost. Stem 40–100×4–12mm; whitish to blue; apex smooth, covered in small, whitish scales below the spreading, membranous ring. Flesh whitish-blue; smell none. Gills white, then clay-brown, often with a white edge. Spores 7–10×5¼, elliptical. Spore print brownish-purple. Cheilocystidia obtuse, clavate-capitate or lageniform-capitate; chrysocystidia found on gill face, only rarely on gill edge, lanceolate. Habitat in woods, heaths and pastures; late spring to late autumn. Common. Poisonous.