Observation 9649: Macrolepiota Singer
When: 2008-08-19
Who: FunGuy
No herbarium specimen

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73% (2)
Recognized by sight: From what little I can see; more detail is better…dig it up next time, if you can.
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Macrolepiota procera only exists in Europe, see observation 49379

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My ID was confirmed.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-22 13:08:24 EDT (-0400)

Thank goodness for Else Vellinga, our resident Lepiota expert. Always match up all of the characteristics of your mushroom in hand if you are planning on eating it. A green-spored parasol will have white gills in youth.

Here’s what she said about this photo:

the photo clearly is a species in the procera group – look at the
stipe, it has these (faint) zigzaggy bands on it – a clear sign of


Check the spore print of a mature specimen
By: Linda Kuczwanski (kuczwanski)
2008-08-22 01:33:10 EDT (-0400)

Be sure to check the spore print of a mature specimen. The spores of a young specimen of Chlorophyllum_molybdites may be white. This is one of the reasons that Chlorophyllum_molybdites is responsible for more human mushroom poisoning cases than any other mushroom. It is large, occurs in lawns, and closely resembles edible species.

lookin’ good for procera…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-20 11:47:23 EDT (-0400)

..another feature that distinguishes it is a stipe that has brown ornamentation that breaks up into bran-like flakes; can’t see it from your photo, but you should be able to, in hand. Check any good field guide (Arora, Lincoff, etc.) for more details. I have never personally collected this mushroom (doesn’t occur out West) but Carlene Skeffington once kindly sent me a box of them by overnight mail, and the caps were still in delicious shape!

BTW, thanks for your photo follow-ups! More is better for these photo IDs!

Spore print is a creamy white.
By: FunGuy
2008-08-20 11:10:03 EDT (-0400)
before you eat it, check spore print…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-19 18:14:54 EDT (-0400)

..so as not to confuse it with the poisonous, grass-dwelling, green-spored parasol, Chlorophyllum moybdites.

procera will have white spores.

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