Small, delicate, thin-fleshed mushrooms, always on soil, cap dry, with brown scale-like patches, white flesh becoming exposed as these break apart as the caps expand. Always with a ring on the narrow stalk, the ring sometimes becoming loose and detached. Gills white, free. Spore print white.
Although common in New Zealand forests, the genus is very poorly understood for New Zealand. Saprobes. Many species are poisonous.
Leucocoprinus is similar in structure and also has a detaching ring on the stalk, but this tropical genus is bright yellow and typically found in pot plants on very rich soil.


NZFungi Entry

Lepiota cristata

An exotic species found in human habitats, in gardens and on wood chip mulches.

Lepiota subincarnata

Another exotic species associated with wood chip mulch.