Welcome to Mushroom World, your resource for mushroom information. This site contains information and images of mushrooms found mainly in Europe. You can use this information to identify fungus, but if you intend to eat the mushrooms you identify, never rely on one source for mushroom identification, and never eat any wild mushroom until an expert mycologist has checked your identification.
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There are thousands of different mushroom species, so we have tried to limit those we list to the most common ones. New species are also continuously added to the site.
You can browse the database from the alphabetical list or by going directly to the mushroom records which are listed under the categories poisonous, inedible and edible. You can also search the database based on mushroom name or some property.
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Today's mushroom is Agrocybe pediades (Common Fieldcap). The mushroom is Inedible. It grows in North America and Europe.
Description: Agrocybe pediades, also known as Common Fieldcap, is a small agaric with a rounded dull brownish cap on a slender stem. The mushroom grows solitary or grouped on grassy areas, cultivated or disturbed soil, pastures etc.
Cap hemispheric to broadly rounded with a smooth surface that is is sticky when moist. It is first brown to yellowish-brown, fading quickly to light yellowish-brown or lighter. Gills close, adnate (broadly attached) but soon pulling free from the stem. Pallid at first, becoming strong brown as spores mature. Stem cylindric, fibrillose, yellowish-white above and yellowish-brown at the base. The mushroom has a partial veil that quickly disappears, leaving traces on the cap's edge.
Similar species Similar species include Marasmius oreades, Agrocybe praecox and Agrocybe putaminum.
Agrocybe pediades on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Dimensions: Cap 1-3 cm diameter, stem 2-5 cm tall * 0.1-0.3 cm diameter
If you are interested in this mushroom, look it up in our database. You can find more detailed pictures there.