Fairy Ring Mushroom

  • cap has central hump and pliable flesh
  • gills are well-spaced
  • stem is too tough to break with fingers
  • grows in rings in grassy areas
  • spore deposit is white
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Look-alikes in Ontario

The poisonous Clitocybe dealbata also grows in grassy areas, also forms fairy rings, and also has a white spore deposit. It differs in that the cap is whitish and lacks a central hump, the gills are more closely spaced, and the stem is hollow and stiff rather than solid and pliant/tough. A number of other species are superficially similar but lack the distinctively tough and pliant stem and/or do not form fairy rings in grass. For example, many poisonous species of Inocybe differ in that the cap has a sharper central bump, the cap is usually split radially, the stem is not as tough, the spore deposit is brown, and it does not form fairy rings in the grass.

Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Plants of Ontario
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