Parasol Mushroom - Macrolepiota procera

Description

The cap starts off closed up like a button mushroom but then opens up flat to 20 cm or more, pale buff with numerous darker coarse scales, and with a central umbo. The stem is longer than the diameter of the cap, and has a scaly looking zig-zag pattern. There is a large soft ring which can often be moved up and down the stem. Flesh does not turn red when cut. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Grows on the ground in woods and fields.

When to see it

Late summer and autumn

UK Status

Fairly common in Britain in southern Britain, but seemingly less well recorded further north.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map