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Huge clusters of mushrooms at various stages of growth. Dark chocolate brown all over at first, becoming pale pink then white.
The pileus gradually changes through pale grey, tan, then to a dark chocolate and develops annular fracturing producing a scaly appearance. Mature bodies are about 120mm tall.
Dense clustering causes crowding which can distort shapes.
In a local nature reserve from a very large deposit of mulch covering an area of about 400 sq metres. We also finally had a few days of decent rains.
Source and contents of the mulch remain a mystery.
Originally named Lepiota brunnea these are hard to distinguish from Chlorophyllum olivieri and C.rhacodes which has a has a double-edged ring and a gradually thickened stem base.
Luckily in Australia this is the only species found.
Spotted on Feb 10, 2020
Submitted on Feb 11, 2020