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Macrolepiota procera   (Parasol Mushroom)
North America, Europe
Cap 10-25 cm diameter; stem 15-30 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter

Macrolepiota procera, also known as the Parasol Mushroom, is a spectacularly large, distinctive, pale brownish agaric with a scaly cap, white gills, and a pale brownish stem with a snakeskin pattern and ring. It grows solitary, scattered or clustered on soil in open grassy places and in mixed woods.

Cap pallid brown decorated with darker brown broad scales starts off egg-shaped and then bell-shaped until the cap margin detaches from the stripe. The base colour becomes lighter with age. Dark scales appear on top when the brown surface cracks up from the smooth, central bump. Gills are white, free, and crowded. Flesh creamy white and soft. Stem is distinctive grey-brown with banded markings on a whitish background, long and thin with an onion-shaped base. Above the double-edged ring that often falls off, it is evenly brown and below this, it is irregularly striped in a zigzag pattern. The ring is white above and brown below.

Similar species The poisonous Macrolepiota rachodes and Chlorophyllum molybdites, which has a stouter stalk, green spore print and lacks the snakeskin pattern that is generally present on the parasol mushroom.

Macrolepiota procera on the First Nature Web site.
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