Yellow Stainer - Agaricus xanthodermus

    Description

    The cap is white and may have lobed edges. It is often smooth except for the centre which is usually slightly scaly. Cap width is 5 to 10 cm. The name derives from the fact that if the fungus is bruised or scratched a bright yellow stain will appear. A good test is to cut open the base of the stem and if it stains a strong yellow colour it is a likely to be Agaricus xanthodermus.

    Habitat

    Grassland, parks etc and under broadleaved trees.

    When to see it

    Late summer to late autumn.

    Life History

    Although this species looks very similar to some edible mushrooms it is poisonous and should not be eaten.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map