TL2601 : Agaricus xanthodermus (Yellow staining mushroom)

taken 4 years ago, near to Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Agaricus xanthodermus (Yellow staining mushroom)
Agaricus xanthodermus (Yellow staining mushroom)
This is a fungus that it is worth knowing how to identify, as it looks remarkably similar to a field mushroom but is in fact poisonous. Agaricus xanthodermus can easily be identified however, because its flesh turns chrome yellow when bruised. As a general rule, any gilled white or cream fungus that turns yellow on bruising should be avoided as it is indicative of several poisonous species. When cut, the base of the stipe (stem) of this species should exhibit this colouration, but this snapped stem is only showing a little yellowing. The younger mushrooms, before the cap opens, look like padded drum-sticks - running your finger-nail across the cap of these will produce a deep chrome yellow colour. Note also the fawn scaly markings on the top of the caps and the skirt-like ring near the top of the stem on the open (and upside down) example.
See picked example TL2601 : Agaricus xanthodermus - picked
and bruised example TL2601 : Agaricus xanthodermus - indicative chrome yellow
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Date Taken
Thursday, 3 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Place (from Tags)
Potters Bar 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2614 0118 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:41.7123N 0:10.5797W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2614 0119
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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