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When: 2008-09-13

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

Species Lists


Proposed Names

42% (3)
Recognized by sight: Scaly parasol-like cap, ring on stem, white free gills
51% (3)
Used references: Atkinson, G. F. 1903. Mushrooms: Edible, Poisonous, Etc. Henry Holt & Co., New York, NY. 322p
-28% (5)
Used references: Aurora’s Mushrooms Demystified, p. 278, under A. aspera.
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: compared with online photos; first guess by Else Vellinga
-63% (3)
Recognized by sight
63% (3)
Recognized by sight: Else called it.

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Add Comment
Lepiota aspera group
By: else
2008-09-15 11:27:21 CDT (-0500)

This is definitely a Lepiota species – in the group of Lepiota aspera (aka L. acutesquamosa). It is characterized by these spiny warts on the cap surface and on the ring, the very close, forked (near the stipe), free gills, the strong smell which is hard to describe but very typical for this group of Lepiotas. It is one of the members of a section with spiny warts, such as L. asperula and L. eriophora. Microscopically, broadly clavate to spheropedunculate cheilocystidia, and relatively slender spores with a truncate base.

Looks like Amanita
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-09-15 10:57:01 CDT (-0500)

I thought it was a Lepiota at first, but after taking a close look at the pictures I’m beginning to think it’s one of those tricky Lepidellas. I went back yesterday to get a good shot of the bulb, but I could not find them again.

It’s a lepiota without a doubt. I sent the link to Else Vellinga…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-09-15 10:19:17 CDT (-0500)

…with luck we will have an ID or an ID confirmation soon.

Stem base?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-13 23:44:27 CDT (-0500)

The stem bases didn’t show clear warts or a cup.

It would help if the observer could show us a stem base freed from chunks of substrate material.

It could be an Amanita, depending on what’s hidden at the stem bases.

As things stand, it looks a bit more like a Lepiota, at least to me.