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Macrolepiota procera   (Parasol Lepiota)
Family
Agaricaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 10-25 cm diameter; stem 15-30 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter
Edibility

Description
A large, distinctive, pale brownish agaric, it has a scaly cap, white gills, and a pale brownish stem with ring; it grows solitary, scattered or clustered on soil in open grassy places and in mixed woods.

Cap pallid brown decorated with darker brown broad scales, starts off egg shaped and then bell shaped until the cap margin detaches from the stripe. The base colour becomes lighter with age. Dark scales appear on top when the brown surface cracks up from the smooth, central bump. Gills are white, free, and crowded. Flesh creamy white and soft. Stem is distinctive grey-brown with banded markings on a whitish background, long and thin with an onion shaped base. Above the dubble-edged ring that often falls off, it is evenly brown and below this, it is irregularly striped in a zigzag pattern. Ring is white above and brown below.

Similar species The poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites has a stouter stalk and a green spore print.

Macrolepiota procera on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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