Agaricus arvensis (Horse Mushroom)
Europe and parts of North America and Asia
Cap 8-20 cm diameter, stem 8-10 cm tall * 1.5-3 cm diameter
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Agaricus arvensis, commonly known as the horse mushroom, is a sometimes massive agaric that has a white cap, ringed stem, pink or chocolate-coloured gills and no volva. It grows on soil (often heavily fertilized) or on vegetable debris.

Cap white or cream-coloured, may have fine scales, first hemispherical in shape before flattening out with maturity. The flesh is white, firm and thick. The cap turns yellowish where bruised, and old caps often take on a yellow-brown tinge. Gills are at first pale pink, becoming pink, then chocolate brown or blackish, free and crowded. Stem is white or cream, slightly club-shaped and smooth or finely scaly below the ring. The ring is white or cream, pendulous and superior. Viewed from below, on a closed-cap specimen, it may have a well-developed 'cogwheel' pattern around the stem. Spore print dark purple-brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal in shape, with a smooth surface and measuring approximately 6-9µm in length and 4-6µm in width.

Note:The mushroom called Horse mushroom in the USA is actually the closely related Agaricus fissuratus, which from a technical, scientific standpoint is a separate species. See Agaricus fissuratus on the MushroomExpert.Com web site.

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