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St George’s Mushroom Identification and lookalikes

Updated: May 2, 2019

The St Georges mushroom is a very early fruiting variety of mushroom that fruits in late April through to early June. This period is very early for mushrooms and because of this there isn’t many mushrooms that you can mistake for the St George.


However, nature being nature and because there is some similar looking species that fruit in early summer it is worth knowing about them however dissimilar they look.


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St George’s Mushroom identification and the lookalikes:


St George Mushroom

The St George’s Mushroom

Colour: Creamy White to tan

Shape: Domed Mushroom with thick stem

Cap: 5 – 12 cm

Season: Late April to June

Habitat: Short grass almost everywhere Edible




Red Staining Inocybe

The Red Staining Inocybe

Colour: Cream to straw coloured ages brick red

Shape: Conical in shape and often wavy and bent

Cap: 3 – 8cm Olive / Yellow Gills and flesh when cut

Season: Late Spring to Autumn (sometimes as early as May)

Habitat: Woodland verge loving, woods and parks.

Poisonous



The Entoloma Lividium

The Entoloma Lividium

Colour: Creamy White

Shape: Large Fleshy Cap with similar inrolled edge

Cap: 6 – 18cm Distinguished by the gills which start pale yellow and mature flesh coloured

Season: Summer to Autumn (Sometimes Early Summer)

Habitat: Rich soil at field and woodland edges and paths

Poisonous



Deadly Fibrecap

Deadly Fibrecap

Colour:  Cream with Brown radial fibres Shape: Conical with a raised centre

Cap: 4 - 8cm the gills are buff in colour, darkening with age

Season: Summer

Habitat: Broad leaf woodland but can be pasture that surrounds the woods

Poisonous


The Livid Entoloma, Red Staining Inocybe and Deadly Fibrecap are uncommon especially during May when the St George’s mushroom is in its peak fruiting season! But never assume that they are not there.


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Obviously there are some other mushrooms at this time of the year that you should also keep your eyes open for such as the Morel!


Remember never eat a mushroom unless you are 100% confident that you know what they are and do not use this article as your sole method of identification! Take direct advice from seasoned foragers.



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