A large Agaricus we have in the past incorrectly described as Agaricus austrovinaceus, DNA results came back confirming it as Agaricus subrutilescens – a species that as far as we are aware has never been officially recorded in Australia before.

The phenotype we find in the southern Dandenongs is a large, scaled cap with brownish to purplish colouring, white to grey gills that turn chocolate brown with age, a thick stipe that can be spindle shaped, meaty and often worm-ridden. The largest specimen here was 19cms in diameter so quite large.

Growing under Pinus radiate and native Messmate Eucalypt.