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Stropharia hardii             Hardy's Stropharia

This collection of Stropharia hardii is was found on the lawn in the ornamental area of the University of Guelph arboretum.   It is not very common in our area on regular urban lawns although apparently widely distributed east of the Great Plains.    It resembles an Agaricus  but the gills are attached to the stem and are purple-gray or purple-brown.     The cap is smooth, dry  and yellowish.