Agaricus deserticola is a species of fungus found only in dry or semi-
arid habitats in southwestern and western North America. It is similar
to, and sometimes confused with, the mushrooms of the desert fungus
species Podaxis pistillaris and Montagnea arenaria. Unlike other
Agaricus species, it produces fruit bodies with a networked system of
spore-producing tissue called a gleba, instead of true gills. When the
cap splits, or the partial veil breaks or pulls away from the stem, the
blackish-brown gleba is exposed, and spores are dispersed. The fruit
bodies can reach heights of 18 cm (7.1 in) with caps up to 7.5 cm
(3.0 in) wide. The tough woody stems are 1–2 cm (0.4–0.8 in)
wide, thickening towards the base. Fruit bodies grow singly or scattered
on the ground in fields, grasslands, or arid ecosystems. The edibility
of A. deserticola is not known definitively. The fungus was transferred
to the genus Agaricus in 2004 after molecular analysis. In 2010, its
species name was changed to deserticola after it was discovered that the
previous name, texensis, had already been taken for a different species.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agaricus_deserticola>
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