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Parasol mushroom

Parasol mushroom
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Copyright: Euthymios Iv (euthiv) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 81] (470)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon DSLR D70, AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-14 1:05
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Macrolepiota procera

"Scientific classification

Kingdom: Fungi

Division: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Subclass: Homobasidiomycetidae

Order: Agaricales

Family: Lepiotaceae

Genus: Macrolepiota

Species: M. procera

Binomial name
Macrolepiota procera
(Scop. : Fr.) Sing.

Macrolepiota procera

Mycological characteristics

gills on hymenium

cap is flat

hymenium is free

stipe has a ring

spore print is white

ecology is saprotrophic

edibility: choice but not recommended

The parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) is a basidiomycete fungus with a large, prominent fruiting body resembling a lady's parasol. It is a fairly common species on well-drained soils. It is found solitary or in groups and fairy rings in pastures and occasionally in woodland. Globally, it is widespread in temperate regions.
The height and cap diameter of a mature specimen may both reach 40 cm, a size truly impressive for the fruiting body of an agaric. The stipe is relatively thin and reaches full height before the cap has expanded. The stipe is very fibrous in texture which garners it inedible. The surface is characteristically wrapped in a snakeskin-like pattern of scaly growths. The immature cap is compact and egg-shaped, with the cap margin around the stipe, sealing a chamber inside the cap. As it matures, the margin breaks off, leaving a fleshy, movable ring around the stipe. At full maturity, the cap is more or less flat, with a chocolate-brown umbo in the centre that is leathery to touch. Dark and cap-coloured flakes remain on the upper surface of the cap and can be removed easily. The gills are crowded, free, and white with a pale pink tinge sometimes present. The spore print is white. It has a pleasant nutty smell. When sliced, the white flesh may turn a pale pink.
It is a very sought after and popular fungus in Europe, due in part to its large size, seasonal frequency and versatility in the kitchen.
The parasol mushroom is difficult to mistake for any other, especially in regions like eastern Europe where the poisonous look-alike Chlorophyllum molybdites does not occur. Nevertheless, as with picking any fungus for consumption, caution should be exercised at all times.
The parasol mushroom may be eaten raw. It is popular soaked in butter. Only the cap of fresh specimens is considered edible."
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-14 2:09]

Beautiful colors, very earthly for this fungi with good details. tfs.

Geia sou Euthymie,
Orea photo pou apodidei kala to manitari kai ta fthinoporina xromata tou dasous.Den eimai eidikos sta manitaria alla ayto to manitari to gnorizo kai to mazeyo, to lene sthn perioxh tis konitsas Perdikomanitaro.Panta me kapoia epifylaxh.
Filika Giorgos

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