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Amanita brunnescens is also known as Cleft-Foot Amanita.
Taxonomy and Systematics
Species: Amanita brunnescens
Cleft-Foot Amanita caps are 5-15 cm across and convex, becoming flat. They are dark-brown in color, fading to pale brown or white, and covered with pale brown, cottony warts. Flesh is white, staining red-brown. Gills are free, white, and close. Stalks are up to 15 cm tall by 2 cm wide, with a cleft basal bulb, smooth, and white, staining red-brown. Ring is white, large, and persistent. Cup breaks into cottony fragments. Spore print is white and amyloid.
General distribution and habitat
Amanita brunnescens is widespread and fairly common, fruiting on the ground in woods.
I found a specimen in the woods behind Jennings on October 9th, 2011, growing out of the ground. There were two fruitbodies evident.
Cleft-Foot Amanita is poisonous.
Barron, George. Mushrooms of Northeast North America. Midwest to New England. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, AB. 1999. McKnight, Kent H. & Vera B. Peterson Field Guides: Mushrooms. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, New York. 1987.
Amanita brunnescens at MushroomExpert.com
Gfredericks 17:22, 11 October 2011 (UTC)