Macrolepiota procera, also known as the Parasol Mushroom, is a spectacularly large, distinctive, pale brownish agaric that has a scaly cap, white gills, and a pale brownish stem with a snakeskin pattern and ring. It grows solitary, scattered or clustered on soil in open grassy places and in mixed woods.
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.
The poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites has a stouter stalk and a green spore print.
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