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Macrolepiota procera

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Macrolepiota procera (Grote parasolzwam (BE) / Parasol mushroom (EN) / Parasol (DE) / Lépiote élevée (FR)) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family. The height and cap diameter of a mature specimen may both reach 40 cm, a size truly impressive for the fruiting body of an agaric. When completely opened the fruiting body resembles a lady's parasol. The stipes surface is characteristically wrapped in a snakeskin-like pattern of scaly growths, is relatively thin and reaches full height before the cap has expanded. The immature cap is compact and egg-shaped, with the cap margin around the stipe. At this stage the fungus resembles a "drum-stick". As it matures, the margin breaks off, leaving a fleshy, movable ring around the stipe.

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 01/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Demo from Villeneuve d, France

A very good mushroom :)
In France it is also called "Coulemelle"
On your picture it is really similar to Coprinus Comatus ... I understand better why it is difficult or impossible to identify a specimen with only a picture.

19 Oct 2010 7:25am

@Demo: Coprinus Comatus would have to be completely white ... (when young) with black spores. (This one has white spores :-) Proper determination of mushrooms is just not an easy matter ... (and I'm still learning). Thanks for your comments again and have a nice day both !

Florence from Paris, France

Lovely specimen with a wonderful DOF.

19 Oct 2010 8:29am

@Florence: I think you like the structures on the cap ?

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

héhé I know this one :-)) excellent light and details

19 Oct 2010 12:26pm

@Veronique: I'm glad you recognize :-) Thanks for commenting, Veronique and have a nice day.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh so sharp and Johanish! ;)
thanks for the fine reading this morning, I really appreciate the time it took you! Having been busy and a lazy commentor myself over the last weeks - so please don´t apologise!
Life´s going on more rapidly than ever - don´t really know why but it also seems things I normally do in minutes now take over half an hour... I´m getting old - and slow.... I guess ;D

19 Oct 2010 1:05pm

@daniela scharnowski: "Johanish" - that's a cute description :-))) THX !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

It does look like snakeskin, with a lot of texture. Has this one expanded?

Have you considered creating a field guide with all of these great images?

20 Oct 2010 12:54am

@Julie Brown: This one is just at the beginning stage of expansion. The cap is still attached to the stipe. When fully expanded the cap resembles a real umbrella.

I'm not yet at the stage of making a field guide ... this is only my first season of mushroom-images and there are lots and lots of species to find yet... (In Belgium there are roughly estimated about 5000 species of mushrooms...) Besides that I just don't know how to start publishing ... I think you have the same problem :-). My first publication will be a "book" about Belgian native orchids - I managed to make images of all the species. But how to start ... there has to be more than just nice images in a book or an article ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Wow, 5000 species! OK, you have some more mushroom hunting to do. But, if you have photographed all of the orchids-that makes the most sense. Have you thought about self-publishing? My idea for that is to maybe produce a mini field guide or introductory brochure of birds and/or butterflies for one of parks I frequent. I would also be thrilled to have an article with photos published in some local nature publication.

21 Oct 2010 12:27am

@Julie Brown: I think it is the best idea to start with a local publication but even that is not easy to achieve ... self-publishing is not easy either and there are lots of costs I think ... We'll see what the future brings... If you got published - please let me know !!!

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Good capture - it makes this mushroom look almost beautiful! ;D

21 Oct 2010 8:24am

@Marilla: you don't like mushrooms ? :-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This one has a whimsical feel to it.. maybe looking a bit like a hat here!

21 Oct 2010 4:18pm

@Dutçh: Thanks again for commenting so many images, Kristen. Realy appreciate your opinion !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige textuur en scherptediepte!!

23 Oct 2010 5:51pm

@Mascha: Dank je :-) Sinds ik me op de paddenstoelenwereld heb gestort blijf ik me verwonderen over de verschillende texturen, vormen en kleuren die je tegen kan komen. Blijft me voorlopig ontzettend boeien.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Johan, if I get published you will be among the first people I tell! I do have some ideas, but have not acted upon them. I don't enter contests, so obviously it is not an urgent need. This photoblog is a good outlet to a wider audience, so I've been happy with being part of the aminus3 community. What do you think about ebooks for self-publishing?

24 Oct 2010 9:21pm

@Julie Brown: I agree on your opinion of aminus3. I'm realy happy to have joined. Never could have imagined before all the kind reactions on my images and it is nice "meeting" people with the same interests ...
On ebooks and self-publishing. I recently looked into it, gathered some information but my biggest problem: I just don't know anyone who actually made such a publication... I'm particularly worried about the quality of the images in print ... and since photographs are the main part of a would-be publication ... Have you considered those options ? (maybe we can continue on this subject by mail ?)

Lucie from Mannheim, Germany

Another beautiful mushroom shot! Did you eat this one after taking the shot ? ;) These mushrooms are good fried, schnitzel-style (especially when they open up).

24 Oct 2010 10:29pm

@Lucie: Thanks again for commenting, Lucie. I did not eat this one, although I know it is a very good one. I search mushrooms only to enjoy them (and to make images of course :-) ) Besides that: this species was in a nature-reserve and in Flandres it is forbidden to cut mushrooms there ... Have a nice day.

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm