Stropharia rugosoannulata ‘Wine Caps' (5 Photos and Description)

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Stropharia rugosoannulata 

“Wine Caps” grow gregariously on wood chips and are a tasty edible in the button stage. Fresh specimens have a burgundy cap that fades in the sun and with age, a ‘cog-wheel’ ring and white rhizomorphs at the stem base. The spores are purple-black. David Aurora speculates that it may be an introduced species. It has become ubiquitous with the increased use of wood chips for weed control in landscaped gardens. After the morel, it is among the first edible species to appear in spring (and fall) in urban and suburban gardens.

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Stropharia rugosoannulata with its cog-wheel ring

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Stropharia rugosoannulata 

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Stropharia rugosoannulata 

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Stropharia rugosoannulata