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Marasmius oreades.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Fairy Ring Champignon, Fairy Ring Mushrooms, Faux Mousseron, Marasme des Oréades, Mezei szegfûgomba, Nelkenschwindling, Nymphe des montagnes
Marasmius oreades Mushroom
Ref No: 8030
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Ref No: 8031
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy), Flesh fibrous usually pliable (like grass)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on the ground, Found in fields, lawns or on roadsides

Marasmius oreades (Blot. ex Fr.) Fr. Fairy Ring Mushrooms, Nymphe des montagnes, Faux Mousseron, Marasme des Oréades, Nelkenschwindling, Mezei szegfûgomba, Gambe secche, Weidekringzwam. Cap 2–5cm across, convex then flattened with a large broad umbo, tan when moist drying buff tinged with tan at the centre. Stem 20–100 x 3–5mm, whitish to pale buff, tough, rigid. Flesh thick at the centre of the cap, whitish. Smell of fresh sawdust. Gills white then ochre-cream, distant. Spore print white. Spores pip-shaped, 8–10 x 5–6um. Cuticular cells smooth, subglobose. Habitat often forming rings in the short grass of pasture or lawns. Season late spring to late autumn. Common. Edible and good. Distribution, America and Europe.


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David Guillemette (United States) - 24 March 2013

Favorite Mushroom Found in Manchester Maine USA
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Dušan Sadikovic (Yugoslavia) - 26 February 2013

Temska, Mt Stara Planina, Serbia 18 May 2012. Mycological Society of Niš
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Carmelo Prats Crespo (Spain) - 20 February 2013

Comunidad valenciana (España)
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Lyubomir Radoev (Bulgaria) - 15 June 2012

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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 13 August 2011

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Jo Priestnall (United Kingdom) - 27 June 2011

Welwyn Garden City Aug 2010
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Jo Priestnall (United Kingdom) - 27 June 2011

Part of large ring of these found Aug 2010 in Welwyn Garden City
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Lynn Pepper (United Kingdom) - 15 February 2011

Taken by a tree on a houseing estate in Stone, Staffs. England. small bunch each fungi about an inch across.
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Jon Bemrose (United Kingdom) - 31 October 2010

same one after a short soak in water - - Old Racecourse, Richmond, North Yorkshire uk - 18/09/2010
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 11 February 2009

Hungarian name, Mezei szegfügomba
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

A dense bunch of young specimens of M. oreades. Oread = mountain nymph in Greek mythology
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

Even very young ones have distant gills.
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

Frequent in Middle Europe (also sold on markets); unfortunately people sometimes confuse it with small muscarine-containing funnel mushrooms (Clitocybe spp.).
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 November 2008

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