Today, having finished my climb in Bt Timah, and returning to the Dairy Farm Car Park, I chanced upon this Giant Agaricus in the male toilet.
From initial observation,
- it has a rather deep depression in the centre where the stipe (stem) is located
- the cap is very unusual, in that it flows down like a skirt
- the stipe is very short for such a big pileus (cap)
Again, I tried to ID this specimen, and the only conclusion I have is that it is a gilled mushroom of the Agaricales Order.
Initial ID seems to place this in the family of the Brittle Cap, but those have long stipes, whereas this does not!
|Does this specimen belongs to the Brittle Cap family? To me, it is more like a bottle cap!|
|Placing a ruler, the cap spread across almost 13 cm!|
|Taking the underside, shows that the gills reach to the end of the cap.|
Naturally, how does one justify a 13 cm size specimen to be a giant, well I looked around and saw couple of the same species growing around, and the spread of the cap was about 5 cam.
|Two specimens here, with one already badly damaged. Otherwise, the cap spread is about 5 cm.|