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Observation 240746: Agaricus L.

When: 2016-06-05

Collection location: near Cedar Mountain, Uinta Co., Wyoming, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

Really surprised to find Agaricus in this sage brush desert.

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Recognized by sight: Arid habitat, similar annulus
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great story
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-07-30 16:32:53 CEST (+0200)

for one of your future talks with mushroom images! I certainly hope that you are giving these, you certainly have both the fine images and the stories.

yup, everyone loves an edible Agaricus, eh? and how kind of you to set such a fine table for our four-footed friends!

and funny you should mention geology/gemology. when the droughts hit everywhere and mushrooms fade away, my next natural history pursuit will probably be a study of rocks and the stories they tell! There will always be rocks and minerals, won’t there? ;)

sagebrush agaricus
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2016-07-30 08:53:10 CEST (+0200)

Hi Debbie,

Thank you for the kind words about the photo. I was planning to keep this mushroom, just because it was so out of place. I had been wandering this sagebrush desert all day, in search of cape emeralds, not mushrooms. This is the only Agaricus I saw all day, and it was one of only two upland mushrooms, the other being a Melanoleuca. I left it resting on top of a sage brush bush and went to bed. When I awoke in the morning, there were horse prints all around the camp, and the mushroom was gone. There are wild horses in the area, and I think one of them ate it.

Agaricus ID w/out saving a fruit body?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-07-29 18:03:07 CEST (+0200)

Dream on.

Still, lovely shroom in the sky shot.

In fact, Dan, I tend to see quite a few sp. of Agaricus is various xeric western habitats. All it takes is a bit of water and some vegetal matter to eat.

Roadsides, grassy scrub, you name it, they are there, munching down on that organic debris.

Adaptive little suckers, and rather yummy, themselves.

Hell of a view
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2016-06-06 04:26:54 CEST (+0200)

Thanks Rocky!

I just added an image of the view looking south. Lots of dramatic landscape in this part of south-west Wyoming. I was there looking for gemstones in Butcher Knife draw. I did not find gemstones, but the views and the unusual mushroom habitat made the trip worth it!

By: Rocky Houghtby
2016-06-05 22:02:43 CEST (+0200)

One hell of a view, Dan.