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False Meadow Mushroom

Agaricus andrewii

Description:

Dry, smooth, white-capped mushroom with pink free gills and a white stipe with a thin annulus. Younger mushroom still with partial veil in tact. Spore print a dark chocolate brown. Macroscopically, Agaricus andrewii is nearly indiscernable from Agaricus campestris (Meadow mushroom), but it usually has a much smoother and whiter cap than the latter. Both are choice edible mushrooms.

Habitat:

Growing gregariously on a mown grassy lawn in full sun (at a public park).

Notes:

I am still open to debate about the ID of this mushroom. I may have to break out a microscope to confirm that it is A. andrewii rather than A. campestris!

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2 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 months ago

Well, it’s time to break out the microscope, then! Beautiful spotting.

soundmanharv
soundmanharv 11 months ago

I pulled one of these out of my well manicured lawn today. I didn't eat it though. It was in a very open area of my grass in plain site by itself and in direct sunlight. It was beautiful to see but stood out against all my green grass.

flowntheloop
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flowntheloop

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 15, 2017
Submitted on Sep 16, 2017

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