Public Description of Agaricus hondensis Murrill

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Name: Agaricus hondensis Murrill
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General Description:

“CAP 4-15 cm; with fawn-brown fibrils on pale to buff ground; smooth at first. ODOR creosote or phenol; unpleasant. TASTE metallic. GILLS white in buttons, then pinkish, finally lilac-gray to reddish-brown or chocolate-brown. STEM 6-15 cm x 0.5-2.5 cm; smooth, without scales; equal or slightly bulbous to massively bulbous (up to 4 cm thick). RING thick, felt-like, flaring. CHEMICAL bright yellow with 3% KOH.”1

GILLS free, crowded; SPOPRE PRINT dark brown.3 4

POISONOUS. … can cause serious gastro-intestinal distress.”1

“Toxic. Causes gastrointestinal upsets.”4


“[North America] West Coast from British Columbia to California.”3


“low elevation, conifer duff”1
Saprobic; growing alone, scattered, gregariously, or in fairy rings in conifer and hardwood forests, frequently where woody debris is present; fall and winter”3
“mixed hardwood-coniferous forest”4
“Type collected in sandy loam under redwoods”5

Look Alikes:

Agaricus haemorrhoidarius, which has reddening flesh and pleasant odor.1
Often fruits with Agaricus subrutilescens which, has a distinctly darker cap, lacks a bulbous base, and has cottony scales on the stipe below the ring.4


Description author: Joseph D. Cohen (Request Authorship Credit)