Agaricus silvicola    (Vittad.) Peck 

common name(s) : Wood Mushroom 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Agaricaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Agaricales/Agaricaceae/Agariceae  

synonyms: Psalliota silvicola, Agaricus arvensis-silvicola, Agaricus sylvicola, Psalliota flavescens, Psalliota sylvicola 

edibility : edible, good

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photo gallery of  Agaricus silvicola potential confusions with  Agaricus silvicola toxicity of Agaricus silvicola genus Agaricus  

The cap is white then golden-yellow with age. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is bulbous, with a membranous ring, not double.

The flesh is white, yellowing slowly when touched or cut; its taste is mild, of aniseed; the odour is mild too, also of aniseed; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pale grey then pink then brown, free, crowded . The spore print is purple brown. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, on a rather acid soil, often with hornbeam, beech.

The fruiting period takes place from June to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 8 cm (between 3 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 2 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 15 mm (between 10 and 30 mm)

Chemical tests : positive reaction to Schaeffer's test.

Distinctive features : odour of aniseed; flesh staining yellow with age or when touched; in woods

Agaricus silvicola is occasional and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Agaricus silvicola in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Agaricus silvicola in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18