St George's Mushroom - Calocybe gambosa

    Description

    Cap white, often irregularly wavy and sometimes cracking, margin inrolled. Stem quite short and wide. Gills whitish, very numerous and crowded. Has a strong smell of rancid meal.

    Habitat

    Found in a variety of habitats, sometimes in short grass, or on fairly bare ground beneath trees, even in wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Said to be found on 23 April, St George's Day, whence it gets its name although often maturing a little later

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map