Amanita rubescens

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Amanita rubescens is also known as The Blusher.

[1] Amanita rubescens

Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Fungi

Subkingdom: Dikarya

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Amanitaceae

Genus: Amanita

Species: Amanita rubescens

Descriptive notes

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.

Campus distribution

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.

Other notes

The Blusher is edible, but it is recommended to be avoided.

Citations

Barron, George. Mushrooms of Northeast North America. Midwest to New England. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, AB. 1999.

External links

Gfredericks 16:52, 13 September 2011 (UTC)