image woolhope transactions_1868_pp196-197
Image number: RS.11789
Credit: ©The Royal Society

St. George’s mushroom

Date

1868

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 138mm
width (print): 210mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > fungi

Description

Mycological study of Calocybe gambosa (here referred to as Agaricus gambosus) commonly known as St. George's mushroom. Shown with a spray of germander, or bird’s-eye speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.

Plate at pp.196/197 of the paper ‘Illustrations of the edible funguses of Herefordshire’, by H.G.Bull, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, 1868 (Times Office, Hereford, 1869) pp.196-203.

The accompanying text states that: ‘The illustration given represents a fungus of the ordinary size, although every ring will probably contain larger specimens. It gives exactly the colour of the agarics sketched, but it is not light enough perhaps for its general appearance. This agaric, indeed, is usually nearly white, smooth, soft, and firm, like kid leather to the touch…’

With the monogram of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club. Inscribed below: ‘Agararicus gambosus – St George’s mushroom. April 23rd.

Dr Henry Graves Bull (1818-1885) physician and naturalist, founder of the British Mycological Society.

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