Observation 77522: Lepiota cristata (Bolton) P. Kumm.

When: 2011-09-28

Collection location: Paynetown SRA, Lake Monroe, Indiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Stephen Russell (Mycota)

No specimen available

Growing from ground in grassy area next to woods.

Stem: 3 cm long, 4-5 mm width. Equal. White initially, bruising red when handled. Red fades to a brown with age. Base slightly enlarged. Small evanescent ring.

Gills: Free, white, close.

Cap: 3-4 cm across. Subumbonate. Large circular orangish-brown disc over the central umbo. Uplifted margin on the central disc, even in young specimens. Raised scales radiate out from umbo on surface of the cap. These scales are the same color as the central umbo. All scales are thick and persistent. Radially filibrose under scales. Not striate near margin.

Specimen in personal herbarium.

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looks very much like L. cristata
By: else
2011-10-05 19:44:21 SAST (+0200)

on account of the smoothness of the scales on the cap and the absence of scales on the stipe (L. subincarnata is pinker, has a more tomentose/velvety cap, and girdles of material on the stipe).
But, you have to check the spores – these are very characteristically shaped, like old-fashioned bullets.

Kind of like
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-09-29 08:58:39 SAST (+0200)

L. subincarnata in the west…

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