Lepiota cristata (Stinkparasolzwam (BE) /star dapperling, stinking parasol (EN) / Stinkschirmling (DE) / Lépiote crêtée (FR) ) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family.
Identifying the many small woodland species of Lepiota to species-level is quite a challenge. The species in the Lepiota cristata cluster are recognized by their diminutive size (cap 1-5 cm), the presence of pinkish to brownish scales on the cap (which can be seen in the image here) and the smooth stem that bears a fragile ring. The species usually has a distinctive (but hard to describe) smell, often referred to as "fragrant". Most common names refer to this characteristic. The species can be found from July to October, mostly in groups and occasionally solitary in mixed woodland and sometimes in damp, shady gardens.
Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010
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