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Macrolepiota procera

Macrolepiota procera
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Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 126] (937)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-13
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 5:49
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Points: 6
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Ecology: Saprobic; growing alone or scattered in woods or at the edges of woods, or in pastures, on trails, and other disturbed ground areas; late summer; distributed primarily east of the Rocky Mountains, but reported from the Southwest and from California.

Cap: 7-25 cm, oval when young, becoming convex to broadly convex in age, with a dark central bump; dry; at first smooth and brownish, soon becoming scaly, the scales brown, the surface below whitish and later grayish or brownish; often shaggy and torn-up at maturity.

Gills: Free from the stem; white when young, sometimes discoloring to pinkish or tan in maturity; close.

Stem: 14-20 cm long; .5-1.5 cm thick; long and slender, with an enlarged base (but not swollen over the lower half, like Leucoagaricus americanus); pale above the ring, below the ring with small brown scales that break up as the mushroom matures, creating zones or sometimes disappearing; with a double-edged ring that moves freely up and down the stem.

Flesh: White throughout, sometimes tinged reddish, but not staining reddish when exposed; soft.

Odor and Taste: Mild.

Spore Print: White.

Microscopic Features: Spores 12-18 x 8-12 ; smooth; broadly elliptical; dextrinoid; with a small pore. Cheilocystidia to about 40 x 12 ; clavate or cylindric. Pleurocystidia absent.

Lepiota procera and Leucoagaricus procerus are synonyms.

Macrolepiota prominens is slightly smaller; it features a pale pinkish spore print and whitish, rather than brown, scales on its stem. It is reported from Quebec by McNeil (2006), and may be the species illustrated by Richard Nadon in the right-hand column.

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Hello Ungureanu,

Fantastic capture.
Nice colours with excellent details.~
Lighting and definition are splendid.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-13 20:52]

Buna Liviu,

Ai realizat o fotografie buna cu aceasta ciuperca. Imaginea este clara prezentand bine textura palariei ciupercii. Ai realizat aceasta in ciuda culorii deschise, ceea ce nu este foarte usor. DOF-ul este bine ales astfel incat intreaga ciuperca est clar aratata.

TFS si toate cele bune,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-23 2:30]

Hi Ungureanu,
a superbs shot of this fungi. Well chosen point of angle shot. Very sharp and very clear indeed. The surrounding is well kept in its beauty.
Brilliant composition with great dense colours.


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