Shroom Hunting: Agrocybe dura

I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to the identification of wild mushroom species, but that fact is on the fast track to becoming untrue. Every time now that I take a wander through any remotely wild space, I have my eyes peeled for not just plants but also mushrooms, as I have developed a recent fascination with them over the last 2 years or so. I  realized that they were around and played an important ecological roll, but never made an effort to decode and demystify them. I am observing and learning to recognize many of the common and regular species better now, and this species is the one that I learned about and got the most intimate with this week.

A typical young cluster of cracked-cap agrocybe, with the edges of the cap only starting to turn up and the surface developing cracks.

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