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.
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.
include the poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites
, which has green spore print and Cholorphyllum brunneum which is also poisonous and very similar to Chlorophyllum rhacodes.
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.
on the Firs Nature Web site.
on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.