Agaricus urinascens var. excellens

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Agaricus urinascens var. excellens

5 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonymns

Agaricus macrosporus

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, covered with coarse scales when young, white, becoming pale yellow to pale brown in the centre, to about 20 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, broad, pinkish, then dark brown

Stem

Cylindrical to club shaped, often rooting, smooth at the apex, scaly below, apical ring large and fleshy

Flesh

Firm, white in the cap, pale brown in the stem

Smell

Pleasant, variously described as aniseed or almond

Taste

Pleasant

Season

Summer to late autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In grass, and in open areas in woodland

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (9-12) x (5-7) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia bladder shaped to ovoid.

Edibility

Edible and good

Notes

This species is distinguished from most Agaricus species by the large spores