|Agrocybe praecox (Pers.:Fr.) Fayod|
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.
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 .
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