Agaricus identification

Richard W. Kerrigan rwk at
Thu Oct 24 15:22:58 EST 1996

Note: Among yellow-staining Agaricus species, the edible species with the
anise/almond odor usually become yellower upon drying.  The toxic species
with the phenolic odor are only briefly yellow, and do not become so upon

For chemistry buffs, look up Schaffer's reaction in a good mycology guide.

-- Rick

cheheyr (cheheyr at wrote:
: If this specimen were in Boise (Idaho, USA), it would probably key out to 
: A. silvicola or albolutescens.
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