30 July 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, expanding with age, surface felty, breaking into scales, margin extremely ragged, white to greyish white, to about 25 cm across
Free, crowded, broad, white
Stout, scaly, ring thin, fragile, rooting, sometimes with a fleshy sack, or volva, at the base
Indistinct to slightly unpleasant
Late summer to autumn
In deciduous woods, favouring calcareous soils
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8.5-10.5) x (5.5-7) µm2
Edible, but easily confused with deadly poisonous species, avoid
The specimen in the first photo, on the following day. 31 July 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
7 August 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
29 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.