Agaricus bernardii

No common name

Order Agaricales, family Agaricaceae

Agaraicus bernardiiCAP LARGE, MARGIN STRONGLY INROLLED;  SHORT AND STOCKY

Cap 1-20 cm broad, convex at first, margin strongly inrolled, becoming plane, disk frequently depressed at maturity; surface white, smooth, then with coarse scales. Flesh turning reddish-orange when cut. Often only partly emerged from the ground. Odor mild inland of brine or iodine on the coasts.

GILLS FREE, PINKISH THEN DARK CHOCOLATE BROWN

Gills free, close, pinkish-tan becoming brown, finally dark chocolate brown.

Agaricus bernardiiSTALK NARROWER AT BASE, WITH SHEATHING WHITE RING, BRUISING RED

Stalk 4-13 cm long, 3-4.5 cm thick, smooth, veil membranous, sheathing the stalk rather than skirt-like, tough red-staining flesh

SPORE PRINT DARK CHOCOLATE BROWN

Spores 5.5-7.0 x 5.0-6.5 µm, smooth elliptical.

IN GRASS AND SANDY SOILS

EDIBLE, but some do not like the taste

Lookalikes:

Agaricus bitorquis – does not stain red


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