Belongs to: fungi

Parasol mushroom Lepiota procera

Best time to see: mid Aug to end Oct

Key facts

A grassland fungus looking like a small beach umbrella when fully open, sometimes 30 cm across the cap

When young the cap is closed like a drumstick

Caps are very good to eat but the stems are too fibrous; nutty flavour

  • older
  • young

© Pat Allen

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