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St. George's mushroom; Seta de San Jorge

Calocybe gambosa


Edible mushroom that grows mainly in fields, grass verges and roadsides. The cap measures from 5–15 cm in diameter and has a smooth texture and has ridges on it. The cap, stem and flesh can be from white-creamy coloured to bright yellow. The sinuate gills are white and crowded. The flesh is thick and soft and has a mealy or cucumber smell. The spore print is white to pinkish white. The stubby stem is bulky at the base. Care must be taken not to confuse it with the highly poisonous Inocybe erubescens, which grows in the same habitats. The latter has a more pungent fruity smell and bruises red. Entoloma sinuatum, also poisonous, has a rancid smell


In a little prairie, by the river at the mountains. Pine tree forest.


Known as Perretxiko in the basque country, where it is very popular. Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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1 Comment

arlanda 7 years ago

Identified as St. George's mushroom, Calocybe gambosa

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Cercedilla, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 1, 2014
Submitted on May 19, 2014


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