Shaggy Parasol

THERE’S A NEW fungus emerging on the edges of the woodland rides at Newmillerdam, Shaggy ParasolMacrolepiota rhacodes. As you can see from these two young specimens, which had been uprooted, they don’t start out with shaggy scales; the one on the right still has its cap almost intact while the one on the left has broken the surface of the cap as it continues to expand.

Roger Phillips in Mushrooms classes it as edible but warns that it ‘may cause gastric upsets in some people’.

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