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Chlorophyllum molybdites   (False parasol)
North America and Europe
Cap 8-30 cm diameter; stem 5-30 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter

Chlorophyllum molybdites, also known as False parasol, is a large agaric with a white hat that has coarse brownish scales. The mushroom is poisonous and is commonly confused with the shaggy parasol or shaggy mane, and is the most commonly consumed poisonous mushroom in North America.

Cap convex to bell-shaped, with tin incurved margin, expanding to broadly convex. The surface is first covered by a thin layer of shiny, pale pinkish buff volva tissue that soon cracks into scales, exposing the white cap surface. Gills close, broad, free and remote from the stem, pale yellowish but becoming green as spores mature. Spores green coloured. Stem slender, enlarged towards the base, white and bears a double-edged ring that is white at first but becomes brown and scaly on the underside.

Similar species include Chlorophyllum rhacodes and the edible Macrolepiota procera.

Chlorophyllum molybdites on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
Identifying the Most Common Poisonous Mushroom: Chlorophyllum molybdites on the Foraged Foodie Web site.

The seventh photo is by Sylvia and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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