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Amanita rubescens is also known as The Blusher.
Taxonomy and Systematics
Species: Amanita rubescens
Amanita rubescens caps are typically reddish-brown, fading to white, and with a reddish tinge. They are 5-15 cm across, convex, and covered with cottony grey-pink scales. The gills are free, close, and off-white, staining reddish. Stalks are white, staining reddish, and can reach up to 20 cm tall by 2 cm wide with a bulbous base. The ring is large and white with a pinkish tinge. The cup is not too noticeable and may be lacking. The spore print is white.
General distribution and habitat
Amanita rubescens is widespread and not uncommon, and typically fruits under hardwoods.
I found a specimen in the wooded grove between Dickinson and Paris-Borden. Conditions were very wet after several days of rain. The mushroom was one of just a few in the area.
The Blusher is edible, but it is recommended to be avoided.
Barron, George. Mushrooms of Northeast North America. Midwest to New England. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, AB. 1999.
Gfredericks 16:52, 13 September 2011 (UTC)