Parasol

Macrolepiota procera

Parasol (Macrolepiota procera)

This grows to be quite a large species of mushroom, beginning with an egg-shaped cap expanding into a large flat cap with a large central umbo (bump). It has a pale-buff brown surface with radiating scales. Snake skin patternation on stem with moveable ring as it ages which is a distinguishing feature. Cap Width up to 30cm. Stem Height up to 30cm.

Parasol (Macrolepiota procera)

Seen ummer to late autumn, and found in woodland clearings, fields, meadows, roadsides and grassy hillsides. Frequent to common, and quite widespread.

Parasol (Macrolepiota procera)

Photographs of Parasol (Macrolepiota procera) taken August 2009, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire. © Pete Hillman 2009. Camera used Fuji FinePix S5800.

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9 thoughts on “Parasol

    • Thank you for your comment. This was quite a huge one, biggest I have ever seen. I don’t know how large exactly, but they can grow up to 30cm in diameter and the same in height, which is around 12 inches.

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    • Thank you 🙂 I rememeber seeing this from quite some distance off, and wondered what on earth …? I had never seen such a large mushroom before, and in such an open space on top of a hill!

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      • No, I wouldn’t have expected to see one out in the open either!! I have seen a few biggies at Hatchlands Park under the shade of trees. It’s so hard to convey the size, whether miniscule or mighty, unless you have something like that landscape to compare it with.

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