These pictures were taken in April, 2000 in
Cap: It is a relatively large mushroom, these had a cap diameter of
15cm. Dry upper surface. Light brown in colour.
Gills: Dark reddish brown.
Covered by a veil when young.
Spore print: Rusty brown.
Stalk: Centrally attached to the cap and about 1.5cm thick and
between 10-17cm long. The partial veil leaves a hard to miss ring on the
stalk, you may notice in the pictures that the veil is a brown colour, this
is actually from the high spore deposit as it is released from the gills.
Edibility: Supposedly edible after cooking, I have not tried it and
would be cautious in doing so
Notes: This mushroom often grows on dead wood, but it also can invade
live tree, (as in these pictures) causing a heart rot disease.
Agrocybe praecox (Spring Agrocybe)
Found in Havelock North on September 2&3rd, 2000.
As the common name for this mushroom suggests, it is an early mushroom due
to it's presence in early spring.
Cap: Tan to light brown in colour. About 4.5cm in diameter, convex to
flat in shape but the margin remains in turned for a while. In dry
conditions the surface develops large cracks like in the photo. If you look
closely you can see some veil remnants on the margin (see the partial veil
Gills: Tan when young then light brown at maturity. Connected to stem
and runs down it slightly, though this is hard to see in the mature fruit.
Spore Print: Cinnamon brown. (see below)
Stem: Fleshy, about 6cm high and 7mm thick. Ring present when young but not
obvious at maturity.
Edibility: Edible, but supposedly has a disgusting flavor.
Different people react
differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom
without being 100% sure it is safe to do so.