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synonyms: Cleft-foot Amanita
Amanita brunnescens Mushroom
Ref No: 6698
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location: North America
edibility: Poisonous/Suspect
fungus colour: White to cream, Brown, Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem, Volva on stem, Bulbous base of stem
flesh: Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged, Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Amanita brunnescens Atkinson Cleft-foot Amanita, Cap 4-15cm across, bluntly convex then flattened with central umbo; deep brown to olivaceous or grayish, paler near margin, with darker radiating fibers showing through surface; smooth, viscid when wet. In the var. pallida Krieger the cap is completely white to pale cream or pale citrine; both types bruise reddish brown. Gills free, crowded, broad; white bruising reddish brown. Stem 50-150x 10-20mm, swelling at base to a distinct sharp-edged bulb that is usually cleft with vertical splits at margin; pale dirty white to brownish with darker stains, particularly at the base; smooth to slightly roughened; apex with a flaring, pendant white ring that soon collapses against stem. Flesh firm; white bruising reddish brown. Odor not distinctive. Taste riot distinctive. Spores ,Globose, smooth, amyloid, 8-10 x 8-10. Deposit white. Habitat in deciduous woods, especially under oak. Abundant. Found widely distributed in much of eastern north America from Canada to Florida, west to Michigan and Texas. Season July-October. Probably poisonous and like all amanitas is to be avoided. Comment should be carefully compared with the deadly Amanita phalloides.

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Miguel Denyer (United States) - 30 June 2010

Amanita brunnescens
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Miguel Denyer (United States) - 30 June 2010

Amanita brunnescens
Amanita brunnescens
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