Amanita vaginata

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[1] Amanita vaginata

Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Fungi

Subkingdom: Dikarya

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Amanitaceae

Genus: Amanita

Species: Amanita vaginata

Descriptive notes

Caps are 5-10 cm across, convex, becoming flat or knobbed, smooth, slipper when wet, with a striate margin, and are variable in color from grey to cinnamon to tan-brown. Flesh is white. Gills are free and white. Stalks are up to 15 cm tall by 1.5 cm wide and smooth or powdery. Ring is absent. Cup is sac-like, white to tan, irregularly roughened, and something buried. Spore print is white and non-amyloid.

General distribution and habitat

Amanita vaginata is widespread and one of the most common of the Amanita species, recognized by its lack of a ring and the grey or brown striate cap.

Campus distribution

I found a specimen growing on the edge of the field up to Jennings right on the outside of the tree cover on October 9th, 2011.

Other notes

Edible, but not recommended.

Citations

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.

External links

Amanita vaginata at MushroomExpert.com

Gfredericks 17:44, 11 October 2011 (UTC)