Agrocybe praecox    (Pers.:Fr.) Fayod 

common name(s) : Spring Fieldcap, Early Agrocybe 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Strophariaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Cortinariales/Bolbitiaceae  

synonyms: Pholiota praecox, Agrocybe gibberosa 

edibility : discard

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The cap is cream to pale leather brown, convex then expanded, with a central umbo; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is thin, bulbous, with a fragile ring.

The flesh is whitish, unchanging; its taste is mild or bitter, of meal; the odour is mealy and cocoa-like; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are ash-grey white to tobacco brown, adnate, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 20 ). The spore print is light cigar brown. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground (sometimes on woodchips), in parks, meadows, open woods, bushes, shady places, on a rather variable soil.

The fruiting period takes place from March to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 5 cm (between 2 and 10 cm)
  height of stem approximately 8 cm (between 4 and 12 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 7 mm (between 3 and 15 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : hygrophanous cap, becoming two-coloured when damp, with a flat to concave shape when mature; membranous and fragile ring, often attached to cap margin; white mycelial cords attached to stem base; appearing in spring

Agrocybe praecox is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Agrocybe praecox in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Agrocybe praecox in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18