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1.5-2 cm broad. Obtusely conic, hemispherical and rarely broad in age. Cap becomes pitted and wrinkle with age cracking to fornm scales. Viscid when moist, especially in young speimens. Grayish creamy white and grey-brown in age. Incuved margin in young specimens, often irregular and non-translucent. Flesh is greyish-white.
Adnate to adnexed, and sometimes sinuate, rarely subdecurrent and widely spaced., greyish at first and then soon becoming black to blackish and mottled as spores mature.
30-50 mm by 4-6 mm thick. Equal and firm as well as pruinose towards the apex. White with pinkish tones, generally lighter than the cap and no veil remnants present.
Black in deposit, 11.5-14.5 x 7.9-10 microns. Lemon shaped and often variable.
In the spring or during the rainy seasons.
Habitat and Distribution:
Found on hippopotamus and elephant dung. Central Africa to the Southern Regions of the Sudan.
Grows scattered to gregariously
Slight or no bruising present.
According to Mycologist G-M. Ola'h, this species is weakly active.
This species macroscopically resembles the cousin mushroom Panaeolus antillarum. Accodring to Paul Stamets, he found one small collection of this species at the Seattle, Washington Zoo.
Panaeolus africanus -MushroomObserver
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