Observation 6223: Chlorophyllum Massee


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:05 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘ocean view farms, los angeles, ca’ to ‘Ocean View Farms, Los Angeles, California, USA’


found under an avocado tree in a community garden
found under an avocado tree in a community garden
found under an avocado tree in a community garden

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: scaly cap, partial veil, white fibrous cap.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-30 04:01:50 CST (-0500)

Indeed, Chlorophyllum molybdites is incredibly common in Southern CA.
And as Nathan said, the habitat is unusual for that species. A GREEN spore print will tell you if you have the poisonous species,C. molybdites, if the spores are white, then you have an edible species- C. brunneum or C. rhacodes.
C. brunneum is more common, though usually found growing from Monterey Cypress litter.
Other distinguishing features for C. brunneum are a simple, single-edged annulus, and the stem with an abrupt bulbish base with a flattened top. C. rhacodes has a more ornate annulus with a double edge, and a stem with less abrupt, more tapered bulbish base.

Chlorophyllum sp.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-30 01:47:58 CST (-0500)

Without seeing the underside and the base of the stalk I can’t give you a species. There are three species in this genus in southern California. One is considered toxic (C. molybdites). The other two taste great, but many people are ‘sensitive’ to it (meaning it makes them puke :-)). Based on the habitat and time of year I would guess it’s not C. molybdites since that tends to fruit in warm weather on lawns, but can’t rule it out.