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Agrocybe pediades   (Common Fieldcap)
Family
Strophariaceae
Location
North America and Europe
Dimensions
Cap 1-3 cm diameter, stem 2-5 cm tall * 0.1-0.3 cm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

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.




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