Wood Mushroom - Agaricus sylvicola


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.

Identification difficulty

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.

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

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