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Agrocybe praecox
spring agrocybe, spring fieldcap

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: A. praecox is edible but often has a somewhat bitter taste.


A. praecox is edible but often has a somewhat bitter taste.

Identification Notes:

A. praecox is a medium-sized fleshy mushroom that frequently grows in dense groups of single fruitbodies or small clusters. It is very common in newly landscaped areas containing mulch or wood chips and, as its name indicates, appears in spring or early summer (praecox is Latin for early). The cap is pale yellowish brown to buff, smooth, and may have slight veil remnants on its edge when young; in age it often cracks especially when the weather is dry. The stipe is whitish, longitudinally lined, often bears a fragile, disappearing ring, and usually connects to thick white mycelial cords in the soil. A. acericola has a dark yellow cap, better developed persistent ring, and is found on logs and buried wood. A. dura is hard to distinguish macroscopically; it has larger spores (10--14 x 6.5--7.5 versus 8.5--10.5 x 5.5--6.5 ┬Ám) and somewhat fatter cheilocystidia and pleurocystidia.


Common Name: Fayod

Accepted Name:
Agrocybe praecox (Fr.) Fayod

Synonyms & Misapplications:
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Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Agrocybe praecox in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Agrocybe praecox photos.

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