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Observed: 31st August 2013 By: Philip Leng

In grassy urban'woodland' in a 10m wide ring around a pine - 200+ fruiting bodies in clusters, caps up to 20cm, average 10-15cm.Impressive sight for a bit of industrial urban green space - will go back and get a photo.Other individuals under decidous trees.


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Large number of fungi in a ring around pine tree

Can't put a name on this after looking through several books. Looks Prince like but wrong ring.

Cap Parasol shape avg 10-15cm up to 20cm. Brown fibrous scales in concentric pattern denser towards centre. Bottom edges uplifted allowing peeling. Regular edge to cap. Skin cream no discolouring. Faint mushroom smell.

Gills dark brown, regular and well packed not touching stipe. Dark brown spore print.

Stipe uniform thickness. Smooth/slightly fibrous. Rougher towards base. Very regular ring half diameter of stipe, upturned at edge. No markings, slight grooves.

No volva at base.

Amadan's picture

How about

Shaggy Parasol?

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Just looked at the comments after adding my identification and saw your suggestion,should have looked first and would have asked if you wanted to put the id on so I could agree


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Hi folks, thanks for your suggestions however my books (Collins and John Wright's) suggest Shaggy Parasols have brown fibrous scales agreed, but have white or cream gills, not dark brown, and white spores, not dark brown. bulbous base to stem rather than straight, double movable ring, not single...erm .... educate me.

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Your right it's not that will teach me to quickly glance through an observation it may be an Agaricus,will have a look in my Agaric book later when I have time (don't want to make a fool of myself twice) and key it out with the information probably this afternoon as off out fungi hunting.

Best wishes


Amadan's picture

That's why -

I didn't add it as a formal identification: I still find even the more common fungi confusing, and this one is a real puzzle to me. There is often some variation between the illustrations and real specimens: the trick is to know when it's significant.
If it has fooled Fenwickfield, it can certainly do the same to me!

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Cheers folks, looking forward

Cheers folks, looking forward to your revised suggestions, as I am baffled and it looks like it should be very easy to pin down, good solid characteristics...but that seems to be fungi.

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Welcome to the world

Of the (very) amateur mycologist!

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I do think it is a Chlorophllum but do not know which one other important factor's when trying to id a fungi is to show the stem and cap cut through to show if it is hollow,full,fibrous,shows colour change too as for smell that is also very important,some gills can bruise when touched too.If you cut the cap through it also shows how the gills are attached to the stipe (free,decurrant,adnate)
Sorry cannot pin this one down


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Will cut it through next time

Will cut it through next time to look for stem internal set up and discolouring in the stem (did cap but not stem), think I had covered everything else off except gills not brittle. THere is another one of these (or so it looks...) in the Shaggy Parasol section on here - identical cap but no views of gills.