The mushroom from Outer Space


One of the strange fungi that one might stumble upon on a foray: Stropharia aeruginosa. Not edible. Note that the stipe is white above the ring.

Easily confused with Stropharia caerulea, which is as weird-looking but has a thin, filmsy ring (which falls off quickly), grows on manure and has white mycel often hanging from the base.


Stropharia caerula

but note that Stropharia caerulea has long mycel hanging on the the base of the stem.