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Parasol Mushrooms

Observed: 25th June 2012 By: Jonathan Cox
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Description:

Lepiota, but which species? Growing in a greenhouse under tomato plants. Cap diam 16cm max. Smell, pleasant. I think these are Shaggy Parasols and therefore edible ? Do you need any more details for a firm identification.

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Fenwickfield's picture

if possible

It would help if you could give size of cap and stem plus if you get a picture of on cut through the cap and stem close up,oh and if there is any smell

Cheers

Fenwickfield

Jonathan Cox's picture

Parasol Mushrooms

I will have to wait until they fruit again as they have all dried up now. The maximum size was 15 cms as in the specimen shown , (cap), with the length of stem about the same. When they next come up I can photo a cut stem and cap. The smell was of a typical Parasol mushroom , if that makes sense, but perhapsa bit stronger than the common and shaggy Parasols I have found in the wild. I have been generally advised not to eat them and I think that is sound advice !
Sorry I cannot give more info at this stage but thanks for your interest.

jonathan

miked's picture

Just before deciding on

Just before deciding on whether or not to eat these you may want to read this article:
http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/aug99.html
which notes that fungi resembling the ones you show here are the leading cause of fungal poisoning in USA. I think the species they refer to has been found in europe but I could not see it listed on the uk nbn map.

Jonathan Cox's picture

Parasol Mushrooms

Thanks for the advice. I have decided not to eat them but will read the article out of interest.

jonathan

Fenwickfield's picture

compost

What about the compost what type and origin of material.Just had a look at the site I would say it's best to nip to the supermarket for some mushrooms.

Fenwickfield

Jonathan Cox's picture

Parasol Mushrooms

I will have to look into where the compost has come from but you follow the general consensus to leave well alone. Thanks for the advice

jonathan

flaxton's picture

I love wild mushrooms but

I love wild mushrooms but this M rhacodes had me awake at 2am with stomach cramps and sweating. I have never eaten them again. The books now say may cause gastric upset in some people.

Jonathan Cox's picture

Parasol Mushrooms

You are quite right. It is not worth the risk although I have eaten M rhacodes without any problems, I am suspicious of these ones. It is a pity the edible and the toxic is so difficult to tell apart! Thanks for the advice anyway.

jonathan