Parasol Mushroom Macrolepiota procera (Scopoli) Singer  Synonyms: Lepiota procera.

Description:

Cap: white to dingy gray-brown covered with brown scales concentrated on a prominent umbo (in age); dry; egg-shaped when young to convex in maturity, then broadly convex; flesh white (may turn reddish when cut or bruised). Gills: white, becoming brownish/pinkish in age; edges fringed; close. Stalk: white at top shading to brown at bottom; tapers up; base usually bulbous. Thick-edged moveable ring on upper stalk (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Solitary or small groups along paths and wood edges, often in grass.

There are 8 records in the project database.

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Parasol Mushroom (young fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/9/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Parasol Mushroom (mature fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/5/2016). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

Parasol Mushroom (mature cap) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/6/2016). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Parasol Mushroom (gills, ring, and upper stalk) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/6/2016). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Parasol Mushroom (closeup of ring on stalk) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/6/2016). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Parasol Mushroom (spores) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/6/2016). Oval, smooth, thick-walled; measured 12.4-15.0 x 8.6-9.7 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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