Macrolepiota colombiana Franco-Mol.

This species has a neotropical distribution and is found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil, where it usually occurs at altitudes between 1700 and 3000 m. It is a saprotrophic species which mostly grows on soil in pasture. It is an edible fungus used by rural communities, for instance in various municipalities of the department of Boyacá (Colombia).

Solitary. Pileus: 4–12 cm diam., convex, plane to umbonate; surface dry, entire at the center, breaking into large to small scales or areolate to finely granulose toward the margin, center areolae, brown on white blackground; margin entire or splitting radially toward the center, inrolled. Context: white, slowly changing to grayish-red when exposed. Hymenophore: lamellate, free, close, thick, white, unchanging. Stipe: up to 15 cm long, central, bulbous, strict to curved; surface dry, smooth to rugulose, glabrous to finely velutinous, brown except at the base which is white. Basal mycelium: scattered, white, cottony. Annulus: superior, double, white and membranous on the innerside, tough and concolorous with the stipe, becoming moveable with age. Odor: very strong of cabbage. Taste: indistinct. Spore print: white. Spores: broadly ellipsoid to ovoid, smooth, dextrinoid.
Lechucitas (Spanish)
Neotropics. Altitude: 1700 – 3000 m a.s.l. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Nariño.
Saprotroph. - Soil saprotroph. Habitat/ecology: on soil, in meadows.

Use Food Mushrooms
Part used: Basidiome. In Boyacá, Colombia, the species is used as edible by rural communities in the municipality of Chiquinquirá (Boyacá). They prepare it roasted with salt.

Present in:

Colombia, Costa Rica

Macrolepiota colombiana Franco-Mol. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Actualid. biol., 21 (no. 70): 14 (1999)


Catalogue of Fungi of Colombia

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