Agaricus macrosporus

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Agaricus macrosporus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Agaricaceae
Genus: Agaricus
A. macrosporus
Binomial name
Agaricus macrosporus
(F.H.Møller & Jul.Schff.) Pilát (1951)

Psalliota arvensis subsp. macrospora F.H.Møller & Jul.Schäff. (1938)
Psalliota macrospora (F.H.Møller & Jul.Schäff.) F.H.Møller (1951)
Agaricus albertii Bon (1988)

Agaricus macrosporus
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is free
stipe has a ring
spore print is purple-brown
edibility: edible

Agaricus macrosporus is a rare, edible mushroom found from June at wood fringes and in meadows.


The white cap is hemispherical and white when young, but later flattens out up to 25 cm in diameter and becomes yellowish or tan. Its flesh is very thick. The gills are pinkish grey when young, and become brown with age. The spores measure 12 by 6 μm and are purplish-brown and almond-shaped. The stem is strong and thick, with a broad ring. It may measure 8 to 12 cm in height and up to 3 cm in diameter.

The flesh is white with a mild taste and a smell of aniseed, turning slowly orange when cut.

Similar species[edit]

There is a danger of confusing this mushroom with the deadly poisonous bulbous agaric Amanita phalloides and Amanita pantherina. Agaricus excellens is different by its taller and slimmer stipe which is striped lengthwise. Agaricus augustus does not have the pure white cap in young specimens.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Agaricus macrosporus (F.H. Møller & Jul. Schäff.) Pilát 1951". MycoBank. International Mycological Association. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  • Bon, Marcel (1987). The Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and North Western Europe. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-39935-X.
  • E. Garnweidner. Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Collins. 1994.