Wood Mushroom - Agaricus silvicola

    Description

    With a noticeable aniseed smell and a smooth cap that slowly colours ochre when bruised, Agaricus silvicola is quite easily distinguished from the other large mushrooms in the family Agaricaceae. Cap diameter when fully developed ranges from 6 to 14 cm - it is white and convex when young, flattening out completely with maturity. The stem has a white and persistent membranous ring.

    Habitat

    In all kinds of woodland

    When to see it

    August to November

    Life History

    Often found in loose groups.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in southern Britain, less well recorded further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map