Observation 103478: Agaricus smithii Kerrigan
When: 2012-07-30
Who: caphillkid
No herbarium specimen

Notes: 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 EDT (-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 EDT (-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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