CAP: 6-20cm cm in diameter. The pale buff to whitish cap is covered in large, darker scales and usually has a darker central area. The edge is tattered looking hence the name 'rhacodes' which is a corruption of the spelling 'rachodes' which the original author of this species used and prposed to mean 'ragged and 'torn'. STIPE: Long, a uniform dark buff to brown without any markings. The base is usually bulbous. The ring is membranous and double-edged. GILLS/PORES: Gills are free and white. Turning orange-red on bruising especially on the edges. FLESH: Whitish throughout and turning orange-red on cutting and bruising. SPORES: White, smooth, elliptical, dextrinoid with a small pore. HABITAT: Primarily a woodland species both with conifers and deciduous trees. SEASON: Common. Late summer to autumn. EDIBILITY: Edible but toxic if eaten raw or undercooked. Some people have allergic reactions even after good cooking.
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