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Leucocoprinus luteus   Photo: Rowena and Darrel  Izzard

Often seen fruiting in flower pots, on sterilized soil, in plant containers in malls etc. It grows outdoors on organic debris in southern climes.  Also known under the names Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, Lepiota birnbaumii and various other combinations!

Rowena and Darrel were worried about this mushroom coming up in their planter at home.  The mushroom is reported as poisonous but the type of toxin is not stated.  So the best thing to do is eliminate it at the pin stage when the mushrooms starts to produce fruitbodies on the soil surface of the planter.   In the picture you can see clusters of pins developing at both the right and left of the central mature mushroom.