Leucoagaricus leucothites, also known as the White Dapperling, is a medium-sized fleshy, white agaric that grows solitary or scattered mostly in grassy areas, gardens, and other human-influenced habitats, but also occasionally in forests. The mushroom fruits in spring and summer.
white, initially convex, expanding to become almost flat. Often smooth and silky but occasionally with tiny flakes or scales. Gills
white, tinged pallid buff with age, free from the stem and crowded. Stem
White, smooth above ring, longitudinally fibrillose below. Cylindrical with a bulbous base. The white ring sometimes becomes moveable.
the mushroom is most commonly confused with the deadly poisonous mushrooms Amanita virosa
, which also has white gills. Similar species in the Agaricus genus does not have white gills.
The mushroom is considered edible in some older field guides but according to more recent information Leucoagaricus leucothites is poisonous. There is also a great risk of confusion with the deadly Amanita species like Deathcap and Destroying Angel. A general guideline is to shun all mushrooms with white gills.
on the www.first-nature.com web site.