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This is one of many pages describing plants and animal life that we have in our garden. In many cases, we don't know what they are. Comments welcome.

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We have a surprising number of mushrooms in the garden. I think I can identify some of them.

Agaricus campestris

These ones are some kind of Agaricus. I had thought that they're Agaricus campestris, but on at least one occasion I found them going slightly yellow when drying up, which suggests that they might be the poisonous Agaricus xanthodermus, (or that I have more than one kind in the garden). I've eaten them and lived to tell the tale, so if they're poisonous it's marginal.


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Mystery mushroom 1

This one looks quite similar to the Agaricus, and it grows in the same area as them, but when it's small the head has this strange angular shape. Maybe that's just part of where it grew. I didn't take any more photos, but when it was mature it looked much more like the Agaricus.


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Macrolepiota rhacoides

These popped up under a pine tree in late February 2008. Unlike the Agaricus varieties that we've had in the past, they grow in dry conditions and stay in much better condition until they dry out. Spent some time investigating them; the best guess seems to be that they're something like Macrolepiota procera, also known as “parasol mushroom”, or Macrolepiota rhacoides, both eminently edible. But the danger exists that they might be Chlorophyllum molybdites, which are poisonous. As the name might suggest, that mushroom goes greenish in old age and has a greenish spore print. Grabbed an old mushroom for a spore print. The gills certainly weren't greenish, but it was obviously too old for a spore print;


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Amanita muscaria

These are clearly Amanita muscaria, also known as magic mushrooms.


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Other mysteries

I'll describe these in more detail later.


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Is this a mushroom?

I've never seen anything like this one before. It appears to have something flower-like at the top, so maybe it's not a mushroom at all. But it grows very quickly in horse dung, and apart from that looks like a mushroom.


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