Habitat: Forests and woodlands
Conservation Status: Not of concern
The key features of Agaricus silvicola are its medium-large size, overall whitish color, tendency to stain yellow on cap and stipe, pleasant (though sometimes very faint) anise odor, and occurrence in forests (silvicola is Latin for forest-inhabiting). It is probably the most frequently encountered agaricus in our woodlands. The name A. abruptibulbus has been applied to forms with bulbous stipe bases, but variation in stipe shape is so great that use of this name has been largely abandoned. A. arvensis Schaeffer is a very similar species that is somewhat more robust, has larger spores (7--8.5 x 5--6 vs. 5--6.5 x 3.5--4.5 µm), and grows in grass. Another woodland-dweller, A. albolutescens, differs from A. silvicola in its more robust stature, stronger odor, and brighter yellow staining. Trying to decide which of these species one has found usually is a hopeless task. All are considered edible, but not for everyone. A. silvicola, or species with similar characteristics, is very widely distributed.