Observation 103478: Agaricus smithii Kerrigan

When: 2012-07-30

Collection location: Jackson Park Golf Course, Seattle, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: caphillkid

No specimen available

Growing in small groups under large Fir. Mild almond liquor scent. Flesh staining slowly yellowish.

These are edible and delicious, but tend to be infested with bugs. I got these early enough to enjoy.

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Recognized by sight: These look like they were small, fresh and firm. Nice find :)
I’ve collected princes of this shape and size beneath fir stands in West Olympia, WA in early August for about 3 seasons now. The yellow staining,scaled cap(somewhat flattened) hairy stipe and slightly bulbous base are all indicators regardless of size. I’m jealous- these are beauties!
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By: caphillkid
2012-07-31 17:12:16 CDT (-0400)

It’s augustus-like. My gut tells me that it isn’t that species but it could be. It is smaller and more orange than the pale colored augustus I have found locally and in northern California. Personally I don’t care too much, I just call it an agaricus in the augustus family, but I believe it is Agaricus smithii.

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By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2012-07-31 16:09:23 CDT (-0400)

Almond liquer extract and that is indeed one of the first indicating factors when distinguishing princes. I have found very large A.augustus that were at full maturity that were evident by smell from over 10 feet away! The small tight buttons(like these in your ob.) are sometimes a little harder to pick up until cut.

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