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Chlorophyllum rhacodes   (Shaggy Parasol Lepiota)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-15 cm diameter; stem 10-15 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter

Chlorophyllum rachodes, also know as Shaggy Parasol Lepiota, is smaller than the Parasol Mushroom, Macrolepiota procera, and its stem lacks the snakeskin-like patterning associated with the Parasol. It has a pale grey-brown cap and whitish gem with ring and bulbous base. It grows solitary or scattered on in woods generally, often with conifers.

Cap Initially bun-shaped, then expands and becomes convex. Only rarely do Shaggy Parasols open out completely flat. The colour is pallid buff or grey-brown, decorated with darkish brown fibrous shaggy scales. Gills white, bruising reddish, free (remote), crowded. Spore print is white. Stem whitish, tinged pinkish brown, tapering slightly upwards, base slightly bulbous. The ring is coloured as stem, spreading, double, felty, superior, movable.

Similar species include the poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites, which has green spore print and Cholorphyllum brunneum which is also poisonous and very similar to Chlorophyllum rhacodes.

Note Many books and websites state that this is an edible mushroom, but the Shaggy Parasol has been known to cause serious illness in some people, so picking it to eat should be avoided.

Chlorophyllum rhacodes on the Firs Nature Web site.
Chlorophyllum rhacodes on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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