Macrolepiota konradii

Macrolepiota konradii

Status:

Occasional, more records from the south.

Large and scaly.

Cap:

8-13cm

Stem:

9-15cm

Named after Paul Konrad.

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Description

A distinctive 'Parasol' where the centre of the cap usually breaks up in to a dark cog-wheel like shape on a light cream/brown background. Possibly under-recorded or mis-identified as The Parasol (Macrolepiota procera) so may be more common than the records suggest. 

Smell

Not distinctive, but pleasant.

Season

Late summer to autumn. 

Habitat & Distribution

Pasture, open woodlands, heathland and occasionally sand dunes. 

Edibility

Edible, very similar in taste and texture to The Parasol (Macrolepiota procera). 

Confusion Species

Spores 

12-17 x 7.5-9.5µ, ellipsoid with germ pore.

Spore Print Colour

White.

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Similar to other 'Parasols', the way the centre of the cap breaks up in to a 'cog-wheel', the lack of a shaggy texture and no real colour change when the flesh is exposed should make it straight forward to identify.