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Parasol Mushroom ID please

 
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themoron



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 70
Location: Christchurch, Dorset
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 5:45 pm    Post subject: Parasol Mushroom ID please  Reply with quote    

Hi guys,

I've found a couple of mushrooms which I believe to be parasols but I'd like to know your opinions before trying them.

The stem is 10 inches in length, fibrous and with a scaley pattern.

Cap is 7.5 inches across and is smooth and leathery.

Found on a grassy bank on the edge of a mixed tree wood.

I'm doing a spore print as we speak.

Cheers

James






dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 34721
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

whatever they are they look a bit old and stringy to make a good snack

tim_and_nicky



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
Posts: 261
Location: Beautiful Galicia, NW Spain
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My parasols have spots on the cap, which do sometimes wash off on old ones like this.
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/macrolepiota_procera.html

themoron



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 70
Location: Christchurch, Dorset
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmm, it was the lack of knobbly bits on the top with gave me pause. They do look a bit past it but if they are indeed parasols, I might fry up a bit to try as it's not a mushroom I've tried before.

Cheers

James

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Posts: 6968

PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They don't look like parasols to me Is the ring loose?

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wentworth wrote:
They don't look like parasols to me Is the ring loose?


nor me but im only a beginner of 30 odd years,is it worth it to risk eating them when a proper id will either save you or remind you where to look next year .even if they edible they really do look a bit elderly which has issues such as poor taste,texture and biological challenges from decay products.

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Posts: 2737
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 13 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't look like parasols to me either. The top is too smooth - most parasols have 'scaly' tops.

bubble



Joined: 13 Apr 2008
Posts: 960

PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 13 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the snake like striations on the stem, and the size does point to Macrolepiota procera [parasols] through eliminating any other poss. nasty species [in my opinion as an old hand!!!] but in the final analysis the pos. id and subsequent edibility -on forums-is always with you because of obvious reasons!!!!

DorsetScott



Joined: 23 Oct 2011
Posts: 496
Location: Bournemouth
PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 13 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

James

Wait til next year and I'll happily take you to a parasol patch so you can try them, I'm only round the corner from you if you're in Christchurch (Dorset)

Even if that is a parasol (looks it to me as per bubble's analysis), it's passed it's best so you won't actually be "trying" parasol properly.

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