Endoptychum agaricoides

(Also known as Secotium agaricoides; new name: Chlorophyllum agaricoides)

Puffball Agaric

Order Hymenogastrales, Family Hymenogastraceae

CAP OVAL, LARGE, TAN, NOT OPENING

Cap:  2-10 cm wide, 2-12 cm tall; pear-shaped to oval to roundish, base wider than apex; fibrillose, sometimes becoming scaly with age; white when young to tan in age; margin joined to stalk

SPORE MASS DISTORTED, NOT EXPOSED, BROWN

Spore mass:  crowded distorted plates and chambers; white becoming brown, sometimes powdery in age

STALK MOSTLY INTERNAL

Stalk:  mostly internal, sometimes a short stalk exposed below cap; extends to the top of the cap

Endoptychum agaricoidesSPORE PRINT BLACKISH BROWN

Spores 6-9 x 5-7 µm, elliptical, smooth, thick walled, apical porelight brown

IN LAWNS AND GARDENS

EDIBLE WHEN YOUNG

Lookalikes:

Unexpanded species of Agaricus or Lepiota – they open up and this one does not

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW....

 This mushroom resembles a gilled mushroom, but never opens up, like a puffball. It has been shown by DNA testing to be related to the genus Agaricus, which would put it in the order Agaricalels, family Agaricaceae, under the new name Chlorophyllum agaricoides.


Comment

blog comments powered by Disqus