Freckled Dapperling (Echinoderma asperum) Identification

Freckled Dapperling / Summer / Autumn / Toxic

Scientific Name

Echinoderma asperum


Common Names

Freckled Dapperling


Family

Agaricaceae


Habitat

In deciduous woodland and growing from woodchip in gardens and park.


Description 

A fairly common and easy to identify mushroom, they are listed as edible in some guides but they react badly with alcohol and some believe that they are poisonous so not recommended for the kitchen.


Identifying Features:

Cap:

Pale brown, getting darker towards the centre and covered in pyramid-shaped scales. Convex when young they flatten out almost completely with age.

Jerzy Opioła, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Stem:

Off white to tan in colour and dotted with brown scales. Around halfway up the stem is a skirt, the skirt is smooth and cottony but on its underside where it was attached to the cap margin, they are brown scales.

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Gills:

The gills are white, very crowded and free. When the mushrooms are very young they have a veil covering the gills which breaks away to form the skirt.

Free Gills

Smell:

Like rubber.


Spores:

White.


Known hazards

One to avoid their edibility is unknown, they react adversely with alcohol and the smell is off putting.


Potential lookalikes

They are quite distinctive so really only other members of the Echinoderma family, all of which should be avoided.

From a distance, they do look a bit like a Blusher (Amanita rubescens) but this has lighter coloured scales, bruises red when damaged and lacks the off-putting smell.


Extra Notes

The name Echinoderma asperum comes from the Greek ’echinos’ meaning a hedgehog or sea-urchin and ‘derma’ meaning skin, referring to the spiny cap surface. Asper is Latin for rough again in reference to the skin

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