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Lepiota americana Mushroom
Ref No: 9376
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Lepiota americana2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9377
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location: North America
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem
flesh: Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on the ground

Lepiota americana Pk. Cap 3-15cm across, oval becoming broadly convex, then flat with an umbo; background whitish at first, then reddening when mature and bruised; dry and smooth but quickly breaking into large, coarse, reddish-brown or dingy pinkish-buff scales. Gills free, close, broad; white staining pinky-buff. Stem 70-130 x 5-20mm, often enlarged at or below the middle and tapering toward the base; white at first, staining or aging pinkish or reddish brown; smooth with adpressed silky hairs. Veil membranous partial veil leaves a white double edged ring on the upper stalk which may disappear in age. Flesh thick, firm; white staining yellowish then reddish brown. Spores broadly ellipsoid, smooth, dextrinoid, 9-10.5 x 7-8.5. Deposit white. Habitat singly or in dense clusters in fields, waste places, and sawdust piles and around stumps. Found widely distributed in eastern North America, west to Michigan. Season June-October. Edible.

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Jason Laucher (Australia) - 02 July 2012

Growing on woodchip under a fig in a park Autumn, Brisbane, Australia
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larry lavely (United States) - 28 September 2011

I found this growing in my front lawn. It gave me a white print. She was so pretty
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paul wheeler (United States) - 20 August 2011

Here is something I saw in my Indianapolis neighborhood. Bizarre looking. Is this unusual?
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Britney Wharton (United States) - 12 November 2010

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Gabriele Pinaffo (Italy) - 10 August 2010

Is it a Lepiota americana? I found it next to my office, in Venice, Italy. Have a nice day. Gabriele
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Dennis Conley (United States) - 14 September 2009

They were growing in a heavly mulched flower bed in Kentucky
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Dennis Conley (United States) - 14 September 2009

The first picture is the first deay we noticed them. The second photo was tsken 3 days later
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Bob Prener (United States) - 09 July 2009

On pile of composted horse manure and hardwood sawdust. After very wet June in New York State.
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Bob Prener (United States) - 06 July 2009

On pile of composted horse manure and hardwood sawdust.
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