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False Parasol Mushrooms

Chlorophyllum molybdites


False Parasols are off-white to cream in colour, with darker brown scales scattered on the cap, more densely at the centre, it darkens with age. The juvenile cap can be globose to bell-shaped, aging to convex then plane, with a light umbo (raised apex) and a diameter to 240 mm. Initially, the gills are pallid-whitish but turn pallid-green with age. White above the double ring, darkening below the ring; height up to 280 mm; diameter is even to 10 mm. In this series of photos, some fungi were solitary, but mostly they grew in clusters.


This fungi usually grows in grass, or close to it in soil or leaf litter (as is the case with some of the fungi pictured here). After rain, large numbers appear in lawns and paddocks in Brisbane. These fungi were growing in a commercial complex in the Brisbane suburb of Murarrie.


It's exactly 4 years since my last spotting of this species at this location. Now, as it was back then, we've experienced a decent spell of rain. I don't recall seeing any of these mushrooms in the period since 2010. Oddly enough, during the massively wet period during the Brisbane flood of Jan 2011, I don't recall seeing any of them then either.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

It might be a while until I see them again. Into another drought. There are a couple of mushie sites I keep an eye on, and they do spotting forays around SEQ. Many forays have been cancelled due to insufficient rain.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Handsome fungi !! It just takes some decent rains and they all come back. We're going to get nothing again this year. :(

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 2, 2014
Submitted on Apr 4, 2014

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