Calocybe gambosa (St George's Mushroom) 9430

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Good eating this one :-)


Calocybe gambosa.


synonyms: Mairitterling, Mousseron vrai, St George’s Mushroom, Tricolome de la Saint-Georges


Distribution, America and Europe.

edibility: Choice

fungus colour: White to cream

normal size: 5-15cm

cap type: Convex to shield shaped

stem type: Simple stem

flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)

spore colour: White, cream or yellowish

habitat: Grows on the ground, Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides


Calocybe gambosa (Fr.) Sing. syn. Tricholoma gambosum (Fr.) Kummer syn. Lyophyllum georgii (L. ex Fr.) Kühn. & Romagn. Mairitterling Tricolome de la Saint-Georges, Mousseron vrai St George’s Mushroom. Cap 5–15cm across, subglobose then expanding, often irregularly wavy and sometimes cracking, margin inrolled, white. Stem 20–40×10–25mm, white. Flesh white, soft. Taste and smell mealy. Gills narrow, very crowded, whitish. Spore print white. Spores elliptical, 5–6 x 3–4µ. Habitat in grass on roadsides and wood edges or in pastureland. Season found traditionally on 23 April, St George’s Day, whence it gets its name although more frequently maturing a week or so later. Occasional. Edible – good. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.)


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Taken on May 17, 2008