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verdigris agaric

Stropharia aeruginosa


The cap is convex, broadening, and becoming umbonate with age. It is from 2–8 cm in diameter. At first it is a vivid blue/green, and very glutinous (slimy), with a sprinkling of white veil remnants around the edge. The colour in the gluten fades, or is washed off as it matures, and it becomes yellow ocher, sometimes in patches, but mostly at the centre. Finally, it will lose the blue-green coloration completely. The stem is quite long and of uniform thickness. It has a fragile brown/black ring, and below this the stem is covered in fine white scales, or flakes. The gills are initially white, then clay-brown, and sometimes have a white edge. The spore print is brownish-purple, and the oval spores 7–10 x 5 μm


This mushroom is common in grassy woods, and on roadside verges in Britain, Europe, Asia (Iran) and parts of North America, growing on rotting wood. It particularly favours wood-chip mulches in gardens, and parks


1picture - veil remnants at the edge of the cap clearly visible 2p - good look at the actuall {green} color of the cap 3p - sadly only clear picture of the gills, which came back home 4p - how wet/slimy the cap was, is to see at pic. 4 5+6p - the whole sight of the spotting 1+3p - the stem--> the blue/green coloration and the flakes, sometimes blue discolored at some spots

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Horst aan de Maas, Limburg, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 21, 2011
Submitted on Nov 9, 2011

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