(Synonym Volvariella speciosa)
In woody mulch and grass in disturbed or cultivated areas. The smooth conical to flat cap of this large agaric varies from white to brown-grey and is very slimy when fresh. The pale stem has no ring, but enclosing the base is a characteristic sac-like volva. White gills turn pink-brown with mature spores.
Cap: conical to flat with umbo. Gills: very crowded. Spores: pink-brown. Stem: to 200mm, bulbous at base.
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