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Parasol mushroom, Apagador

Macrolepiota procera


Immature fungus. The height and cap diameter of a mature specimen may both reach 40 cm. The stipe is relatively thin and reaches full height before the cap has expanded. The stipe is very fibrous in texture which renders it inedible. The surface is characteristically wrapped in a snakeskin-like pattern of scaly growths. The immature cap is compact and egg-shaped, with the cap margin around the stipe, sealing a chamber inside the cap. As it matures, the margin breaks off, leaving a fleshy, movable ring around the stipe. At full maturity, the cap is more or less flat, with a chocolate-brown umbo in the centre that is leathery to touch. Dark and cap-coloured flakes remain on the upper surface of the cap and can be removed easily. The gills are crowded, free, and white with a pale pink tinge sometimes present. The spore print is white. It has a pleasant nutty smell. When sliced, the white flesh may turn a pale pink.


Mediterranean forest, Holm oaks, cork oaks, wild olive trees, stroberry trees, etc. Parque Nacional de Monfragüe


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm.

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arlanda 7 years ago


If you ever come to the UK in October Argy (and Arlanda) I'll happily at least tell you of a couple of good M. procera (or C. rhacodes) spots in Derbyshire if you'd like!

arlanda 7 years ago

It is one of the more appreciated mushrooms here and very common, but I did not know it was rare down under

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Common for some maybe... we only hear about them in foreign cooking shows :-)

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Argy, I know it is a common one but it is so nice and taste so good that I could not resist it

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

A textbook classic Arlanda - good find.

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Torrejón el Rubio, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Nov 2, 2012
Submitted on Nov 28, 2012

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