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Identify The Prince Mushroom

The Prince/ Summer/ Autumn / Edible

Common Name
The Prince

Botanical Name
Agaricus Augustus

Meaning of Botanical Name
Augustus is refering to the month of August which is when these mushrooms appear.


Known Hazards
None Known

Could be confused with
Agaricus Impidicus, which has a strong radishy smell and is smaller in size.

Food Plant of…
Humans, mammals and many invertebrates and insects.

Range and Distribution
The Prince is widespread but not common, in Britain and Ireland The Prince often fruits in small groups. Occuring throughout  Europe and in Asia, northern Africa, many parts of North America, and Australia

This is a saprophytic mushroom (meaning it lives on decaying organic matter)  liking open woodland, and occasionally beneath trees in parks and gardens, particularly with conifers

Physical Characteristics
The cap is creamish white with brown scales circling the cap, it starts of dome shaped and flattens with age.
Gills start off pale salmon pink and turn dark chocolate brown and eventually black with age, they are crowded and free of the stem.
The stem has a large ring (skirt) and is white and smooth above the skirt and scaly below.
Smells of almonds


Edible Use
Delicious edible mushroom, good for frying, stews, pate etc