Lepiota alba    (Bres.) Sacc. 

common name(s) : Dune Dapperling 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Agaricaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Agaricales/Lepiotaceae/Lepioteae  

synonyms: Lepiota clypeolaria-alba 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Lepiota erminea)  

edibility : inedible

potential confusions with  Lepiota alba toxicity of Lepiota alba genus Lepiota  

The cap is white with ochraceous cream central disk, convex to expanded, with a central umbo; its margin is flaky to scaly. The cap surface is a bit scaly when young then smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white, fluffy under the ring, cylindrical or tapering towards base, with a floccose ring.

The flesh is white, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is pleasant (or unpleasant according to authors), of rubber; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white, adnate, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground, in parks, gardens, clearings, grassland, on a rather calcareous soil.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 4 cm (between 2 and 7 cm)
  height of stem approximately 5 cm (between 2 and 7 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 7 mm (between 4 and 10 mm)

Distinctive features : white cap, soon smooth, with a creamy-ochre umbo, white elsewhere; fluffy stem below the short-lived floccose ring; on dry soils

Lepiota alba is still unreported so far in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .

page updated on 14/01/18