Field Mushroom - Agaricus campestris

Description

Cap 3 to 10cm, domed and remaining so a long time before expanding fully, white sometimes creamy yellow. Stem with a very flimsy fibrous ring that quickly disappears . Taste and smell pleasant and mushroomy. Gills deep pink even in unopened 'buttons', finally darkening to brown. An excellent edible mushroom.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Meadows and grasslands, particularly where horses graze.

When to see it

Autumn

UK Status

Formerly very common but now less so following the decline in the use of working horses on farms.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland but declining.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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