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Macrolepiota procera

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Macrolepiota procera (NL: Grote parasolzwam / EN: Parasol mushroom / DE: Parasol, Riesenschirmpilz / FR: Lépiote élevée, Coulemelle) 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. At full maturity, the cap is more or less flat, with a chocolate-brown umbo in the centre that is leathery to touch. Dark and cap-coloured flakes remain on the upper surface of the cap and can be removed easily.

Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 24/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/10 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

This is rather intriguing

6 Dec 2011 5:18pm

@Jaytee: Not the most common image of this mushroom, but a more abstract way to make a portrait. Thanks !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Großartig !

6 Dec 2011 9:12pm

@Loner: Thank you, again, Sonja !

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice frame!

6 Dec 2011 10:02pm

@Ana Lúcia: Glad you like this one, Ana. Have a great day !

sietske from roermond, Netherlands

het lijkt wel een mooi stofje!!
Een hele mooie macro opname, groetjes Sietske

6 Dec 2011 10:07pm

@sietske: Bedankt voor je leuke commentaar, Sietske. Fijne dag voor je !

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Wat kun je de structuur prachtig zien op deze foto!
Een mooie macro!

7 Dec 2011 7:09pm

@Lia: Het is eens een andere benadering dan de volledige "steel met hoed"-combinatie... Ik sta er echt versteld van hoeveel structuur er vaak in de hoeden van paddenstoelen zit. Bedankt voor je lovende woorden alweer !

Canon EOS 400D
1/10 second
ISO 100
150 mm