Lepiota aspera

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Lepiota aspera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Agaricaceae
Genus: Lepiota
Species: L.aspera
Binomial name
Lepiota aspera
(Pers.) Quel.

L. friesii (Lasch.) Quel.
L. acutesquamosa var. furcata Kuhner
Cystolepiota aspera (Pers.) Knudsen

Lepiota aspera
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium

cap is ovate

or campanulate
hymenium is free
stipe has a ring
spore print is white
edibility: unknown

Lepiota aspera; sometimes known commonly as the freckled dapperling, is a large, brownish, white-gilled mushroom, with a warty or scaly cap. It lives in woodland, or on bark chips in parks, and gardens.


Noted by two of the most eminent nineteenth century mycologists (Persoon & Fries), the freckled dapperling has been back and forth through many taxonomical name changes. For a time; it was placed with the so-called spiny Lepiota species into a separate sub-genus called Echinoderma, and was also placed into Cystolepiota. However; the most recent and widely accepted binomial name is Lepiota aspera (Pers.) Quel.[1] The genus name Lepiota coming from the Greek, and meaning 'scale', which probably refers to the cap surface.


The cap is oval at first; becoming convex, or campanulate with age. Uniform reddish/brown, or brown at the centre; breaking up into erect scales, on a paler ground, and up to 10 cm in diameter. The stem is paler; around 10 cm in length, and has sparse brown scales below the ring. The ring itself is large and cottony; sometimes adhering to the cap perimeter, and often taking brownish scales from there, which are seen at its edge. The gills are free; crowded, and white, with the spore print being white also. The flesh is white, and is said to smell of rubber; earth balls,[2] or Lepiota cristata.

Similar species[edit]

Check Lepiota; Macrolepiota, and Amanita species.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Lepiota aspera appears during autumn; in deciduous woodland, or in parks and gardens where 'wood chip' mulch has been used. It has been recorded in most northern temperate zones; England; Europe, and North Africa.[3]


This mushroom has been shown to cause alcohol intolerance and may be poisonous.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roger Phillips (2006). Mushrooms. Pan MacMillan. ISBN 0-330-44237-6. 
  2. ^ Marcel Bon (1987). The Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and North Western Europe. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-39935-X. 
  3. ^ Regis Courtecuisse and Bernard Duhem (1995). Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-220025-2. 
  4. ^ Haberl, B; Pfab, R; Berndt, S; Greifenhagen, C; Zilker, T (February 2011). "Case series: Alcohol intolerance with Coprine-like syndrome after consumption of the mushroom Lepiota aspera (Pers.:Fr.) Quél., 1886 (Freckled Dapperling)". Clin Toxicol (Phila). 49: 113–4. doi:10.3109/15563650.2011.554840. PMID 21370948.