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 Washington

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.

Related: Edible Plants of PNW - Edible Berries of PNW - Edible Seashore of PNW
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