When: 2007-11-09

Collection location: Nags Head, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

No specimen available

large mushroom, large group of them in lawn at roadside near hardwood coastal scrub, unpleasant odor
ST: 110×15mm, even to slightly narrower at top, hollow, pale brown, shiny, aging dark esp. below ring, staining dark brown when cut esp. ends, white fine fuzz at base
FLESH: whitish, 3-4mm thick, not very firm, dry, unchanging
CAP: 80mm or more wide, convex to broadly bell-shaped, v pale to light brown, dry, shiny, covered w scattered dker scale-patches esp. in center
VEIL: partial, conspic, on upper stem, dark brown underneath
GILLS: completely free, dingy whitish, aging quite dark
SPORE: couldn’t get a print (too old)

Sure looks like a Lepiota, especially the texture and nasty odor and the way it withers when it dries, but I can’t get a spore print.


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By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2007-11-13 22:20:22 CST (-0500)

I guess I’m just used to the ones I see just about every week when I’m in Los Angeles. But those always get mown down before they reach the age of this group! But now that you mention it…

By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2007-11-13 18:29:56 CST (-0500)

Well this looks an awful lot like Chlorophyllum molybdites… I am not very familiar with this fungus since it doesn’t grow in my area but it does look a lot like the molybdites that i found in Ashville NC a few years back… I am not sure why you couldn’t get a spore print but if the gills develop a strong dingy color with a little olive you can probably assume the spores are going to be somewhat green… If you had a microscope it would be pretty easy to tell… but that isn’t always an option… I guess you could also try eating some and see if you get sick :-P
Hope that helps a little…