National Geographic : 1920 May
COMMON MUSHROOMS OF THE UNITED STATES 393 Photograph by C. Cramer THIS GREEN-GILLED LEPIOTA (Lepiota miorgani) IS POISONOUS Beware of this false Parasol mushroom. It differs from the true edible Parasol mush room (Plate XIV and page 439) in its greenish gills, coarser scales, and larger size. These two young specimens were photographed on a lawn in Washington, D. C. Approximately natural size. This Goliath of Mushrooms, the green-gilled Lepiota, is especially plentiful in the Mississippi Valley, but it also occurs in the Middle and South Atlantic States, in South America, in the West Indies, and probably in Bohemia and in the Philippines. Its habitat is in rich pastures, cultivated ground, in open woods, and on lawns in cities: time, June to October.