Agaricus campestris
(Meadow Mushroom, Pink Bottom)
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Location: Colorado
Smell: Mushroomy
Spore Print: Brown
Edibility: Edible
Color: White

Open meadows, not near trees. Grassy areas. Agaricus campestris is very common both on lawns, and up in the mountains in alpine meadows. It is one of the few mushrooms that grows in both habitats.

A very close relative of the commercial button mushroom. This is one of the most commonly collected mushrooms. Also known as the Meadow Mushroom, or Pink Bottom. It has a much richer flavor than the common button mushroom. Agaricus campestris does not stain when bruised or cut which is very helpful in its identification. Typically with small scales on the cap as shown in the pictures. It is a shorter Agaricus with a short stem and a small ring. The caps have distinct scales on them. Look really close at the top of one.

Agaricus campestris is the name of the European species. A. campestris like mushrooms in North America are still being studied and there are several variations from the west to the east. They may have a similar appearance but spore shape can be different and DNA studies are still being worked on.

Last Updated:
Jul 23 2020 12:17 PM

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