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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).

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Conservation
Unassessed.
Distribution
Neotropical. In Colombia found in: Cogua (Cundinamarca), La Ceja (Antioquia), Chiquinquirá (Boyacá), La Florida (Nariño). Alt. 1700–3000 m.
Ecology
On soil, in meadows. Saprotroph.
Morphology
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.
Vernacular
Lechucitas (Spanish)

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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)

Literature

Catalogue of Fungi of Colombia

  • Franco-Molano, A. E. (1999). A new species of Macrolepiota from Colombia. Actualidades Biológicas, 21 (70), 13–17.
  • Franco-Molano, A. E., Aldana, R., & Halling, R. (2000) Setas de Colombia. Guía de campo. Medellín, Colombia: Universidad de Antioquía. 156 p.
  • Nguyen, N.H., Song, Z., Bates, S.T., Branco, S., Tedersoo, L., Menke, J., Schilling, J.S. and Kennedy, P.G., 2016. FUNGuild: an open annotation tool for parsing fungal community datasets by ecological guild. Fungal Ecology, 20, pp.241-248.
  • Peña-Cañón, E. R., & Henao-Mejía, L. G. (2014) Conocimiento y uso tradicional de hongos silvestres de las comunidades campesinas asociadas a bosques de roble (Quercus humboldtii) en la zona de influencia de la Laguna de Fúquene, Andes Nororientales. Etnobiología, 12, 28–40.
  • Quiroga, A. Y., & Supelano, G. W. (2019). Aporte a la diversidad de macrohongos (Ascomycetes y Basidiomycetes) presentes en el sendero ecológico de la quebrada las Delicias. (Chapinero, Bogotá D.C). Tesis de grado, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Facultad de Ciencas y Educación, Bogotá D.C. 142 p.
  • Vasco-Palacios, A. M., & Franco-Molano, A. E. (2013) Diversity of Colombian macrofungi (Ascomycota - Basidiomycota). Mycotaxon 121: 1-58. http://mycotaxon.com/resources/checklists/VascoPalacios-v121-checklist.pdf

Catalogue of Fungi of Colombia
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