Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum brunneum)
The shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum brunneum) is a large agaric mushroom found throughout the Pacific Coast and beyond. Much like the shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus), its cap is adorned with conspicuous brown scales, but these two species can easily be differentiated by their overall shapes; shaggy parasol has a convex to flat cap (nearly spherical when young), whereas shaggy mane has a tall, oval cap. Both mushrooms are considered choice edibles, but caution is advised since some people have reported allergic reactions to this species, and Chlorophyllum molybdites is a poisonous look-alike (identifiable by its green spore print).
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