Chlorophyllum rhacodes (Shaggy Parasol)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-15 cm diameter; stem 10-15 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter
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Chlorophyllum rachodes, also known as Shaggy Parasol Lepiota, is smaller than the Parasol Mushroom, Macrolepiota procera, and its stem lack the snakeskin-like patterning associated with the Parasol. It has a pale grey-brown cap and whitish gem with a ring and bulbous base. It grows solitary or scattered in woods generally, often with conifers.

Cap Initially bun-shaped, then expands and becomes convex. Only rarely do Shaggy Parasols open out completely flat. The colour is pallid buff or grey-brown, decorated with darkish brown fibrous shaggy scales. When its flesh is cut, it turns reddish in colour. Gills white, bruising reddish, free (remote), crowded. Stem whitish, tinged pinkish brown, tapering slightly upwards, base slightly bulbous. The ring is coloured as stem, spreading, double, felty, superior, and movable. Spore print white or pale cream.

Microscopic Features: The spores are broadly ellipsoidal to globose or pyriform (pear-shaped) and have a smooth surface. They measure 8.8-12.7 x 5.4-7.9 ┬Ám and feature a germ pore. The spores are hyaline (colourless) and exhibit dextrinoid properties.

Similar species include Chlorophyllum molybdites which has a greenish spore print and Macrolepiota procera which is larger.

Chlorophyllum rhacodes on the Firs Nature Web site.
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