Giant Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) - Stock Image

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Macrolepiota procera (Scop. ex Fr.) Sing. syn. Lepiota procera (Scop. ex Fr.) S.F. Gray syn. Leucocoprinus procerus (Scop. ex Fr.) Pat. Lépiote élevée, Coulemelle, Riesenschirmpilz, Parasol. Cap 10–25cm across, button spherical or egg-shaped expanding flattened with a prominent umbo, pale buff or grey-brown covered in darker shaggy scales. Stem 150–300´8–15mm, 40mm at the bulb, white, with a grey-brown felty covering which becomes split into snake-like markings as the stem expands; ring large, double, white on upper surface, brown below, movable on the stem. Flesh thin, soft, white. Taste sweet, smell slight, indistinctive. Gills free, white. Spore print white.
Habitat in open woods and pastures. Season summer and autumn. Uncommon. Edible – excellent. Distribution, America and Europe (source R. Phillips).

At the end of October I was at the Plantage Willem III terrain (near Elst, the Netherlands) to look for mushrooms. These giant Parasol Mushrooms (Macrolepiota procera) stood on the border of a great Field.

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