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Leucoagaricus leucothites   (White Dapperling)
Family
Agaricaceae
Location
North America and Europe
Dimensions
Cap 3-9 cm diameter, stem 6-8 cm tall * 0.8-1.8 cm diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
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.

Cap 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.

Similar species the mushroom is most commonly confused with the deadly poisonous mushrooms Amanita virosa and Amanita bisporigera, which also has white gills. Similar species in the Agaricus genus does not have white gills.

Note 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.

Leucoagaricus leucothites on the www.first-nature.com web site.




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