When: 2008-11-12

Collection location: Huddart Park, Woodside, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

This Agaricus was growing right in the middle of a creek bed.

It smelled kind of good and stained red, any idea what species it is?

The ring fell off easily, it was very fragile.

It smelled slightly like ink and maybe very slightly like anise.


Proposed Names

-51% (4)
Used references: Aurora’s Mushrooms Demystified. Should have almost odor. If not, go with Agaricus subrutilescens.
28% (6)
Recognized by sight: Just going by the looks. Slight reddish stains can form after/during rains. Odor is usually foul.
10% (2)
Recognized by sight

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a flat-topped, very dark black center is also typical of praeclaresquamosus;
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-13 23:48:03 CST (+0800)

and an inky smell is a reasonable substitute for phenol; crush the flesh at the base of the stem for strongest smell. a cut base should also stain bright yellow, at least in most varieties. it will stain brown (reddish) with age.

this is a beautiful and tempting yet ultimately disappointing agaricus sp., at least if you are collecting for the table.