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Shaggy Parasol mushrooms spotted in native bushland, and both were beautiful, fresh specimens. It's a large agaric species with a fleshy white cap, although these weren't scaley like other examples I've seen. However, the skin looked enough like that of a parasol for me to start my search in that department. Convex caps roughly 12-14 cms in diameter and splitting, although will flatten as they mature. Crowded, free gills unattached to the stipe, and a fixed ring that was also very shaggy (5th photo). A smooth, slender stipe that is bulbous at the base. This is an edible fungus species, and also an Australian native. PS: See the photos at the second reference link, because they helped me ID this spotting. These mushrooms have passed the immature "button" stage and are now at the "adolescent" stage. A mature specimen will broaden to the size of an out-spread hand. The mushroom at the back doesn't look too happy :(
Spotted in native bushland along Devlins Creek, in northwest Sydney. These specimens were growing amongst leaf litter beneath eucalyptus trees. Blackbutts, Sydney turpentines, and large red gum and blue gums overshadow the area. Well-saturated after frequent rains these past few weeks, and well-shaded area. Fungus is flourishing.
Spotted on Mar 29, 2019
Submitted on Apr 10, 2019