Mushrooms/Fungi

Psilocybe semilanceata, liberty caps

The liberty cap [or Psilocybe semilanceata] is a grassland species strongly associated with grazing livestock, though not growing directly from dung. There is a strong possibility that this mushroom, a common species in temperate Europe, was introduced to Haida Gwaii with livestock and fodder grass species. So this species may not have been available before European settlers and their agriculture became established in Haida Gwaii.

Agaricus californicus (California Agaricus)

Description: Shiny, white to brownish cap with unpleasant-smelling gills; in urban areas.

Agaricus hondensis (Felt-ringed Agaricus)

Description: Large, white cap with small, pinkish-grey fibers, thick ring on stalk, and foul-smelling, bulbous base; in woods.

Agaricus meleagris (Western Flat-topped Agaricus)

Description: Large, flat cap with free gills, blackish scales, ring on upper stalk, and strong, unpleasant odor.

Agaricus xanthodermus (Yellow-foot Agaricus)

Description: Large, white to buff, smooth or scaly cap with free gills; stalk has whitish ring; base flesh bright yellow when cut.

Image Source accessed on July 4th, 2013.

Image source accessed on July 4th, 2013.

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