in fairly open woodland
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It is really useful if you can cut one in half as some change colour which would help get closer to an identification,some go bright red,yellow
yes, I did that with the main clump last week:
only a very slight reddening, it didn't get me very far, but helped I suppose to rule out one or two species - this specimen growing 18 inches from that cluster
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That help's as I can now narrow it down,I think it could be Agaricus subperonatus it seems to tick all the boxes on the key.It is classed as uncommon.
I ruled that out because of the smell and only slight staining. Phillips' description of pseudovillacticus much more acurate, smell very pleasant and staining only slightly, subperonatus very much the opposite on both points, that's what I've gone by anyway.
I do see he notes that some regard pseudovillacticus as a form of subperonatus, if so then it's clearly this form.
In which case what should I list it as?
Jordan has pseudov. as vaporius, but claims the odour isn't distinctive! with subper. as a separate spieces, also smelling indistinct. This among the strongest, most gamey, nuttiest, most appetising agaric I've come across
I have got the identification from a newly published book I bought called The Genus Agaricus by Geoffrey Kibby and it is an excellent book with better identification keys.If you put it as likely but not certain I would agree.The book is worth getting as it has all 49 Agaric's in it and full colour photo's I just wish they would start to appear as there is nothing emerging up north but it bucketed down with rain yesterday so hopefully the fungi will emerge again.
as subperonatus then?
I looked at that book, as you recommend it I'll go ahead and get it.
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