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Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria
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Meadow Mushroom - Agaricus campestris


Meadow Mushroom - Agaricus campestris
Edibility: Unknown
Habitat: Scattered to abundant, in grassy areas
Range: Throughout North America
Season: August-September; occasionally in spring; fall-winter in California.
Spore Color: Brown
Mushroom Shape: Veiled Mushrooms with Free Gills
Lookalikes: A. arvensis is fragrant and bruises yellow. A. bitorquis has double ring.
Lepiota naucina produces white spore print. The deadly Amanita virosa and allies, also white-spored, have saclike cup about stalk base, grows in woods or near trees.
Description: White to brownish, mostly smooth cap; in grass. Cap: 1-4" (2.5-10 cm) wide; convex to nearly flat; dry, smooth or fibrous to woolly; white to grayish or gray-brown. Gills: free, crowded, broad; bright pink, becoming chocolate to blackish-brown. Stalk: 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) long, (1-1.5 cm) thick, sometimes tapering downward; host, smooth to fibrous. Veil: partial veil membranous, white; leaving thin, evanescent ring on stalk. Spores: 6 X 4-6 u,; elliptical, smooth, purple-brown. Spore print blackish-brown.
Keywords: Meadow, Mushroom
Date: 06.04.2003 05:54
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Join Date: 13.03.2002
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The Meadow Mushroom

The Meadow Mushroom may be known better and gathered more than any other wild mushroom in North America. It has a nuttier flavor than the common cultivated mushroom (A. birporus, or A. brunnescens). Because deadly white amanitas frequently grow in similar habitats, one should make a spore print to confirm identification.
06.04.2003 05:55

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