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Lepiota Americana ID
    #4575512 - 08/24/05 06:15 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Can someone please help to identify these mushrooms before I eat them... I am about 90% sure they are "Lepiota Americana" or Reddening Lepiota, but I want to make sure just in case...

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*Found in my backyard, in a mulched area, in Southern Ontario, Canada, under a tree. Altitude is probably more or less sea level.
*gills are not attached to stalk (free), white, turning reddish brown where they are getting old, and close
* Stems are about 4-7 inches long, single flaring rings, curved, club-shaped at bottom, brownish red tinted, and hollow
* 4-5 inch caps, knobbed, with flat reddish brown scales, white backdrop.
* currently administering a spore print test
* the mushroom bruised yellow initially, then in a few minutes, it turns red
* look pretty good to eat


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Re: Lepiota Americana ID [Re: DREG]
    #4575798 - 08/24/05 07:32 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Your description sounds accurate, but a picture would be helpful.  I tried eating some of this species and I was unimpressed.  Supposedly the least tasty of the macrolepiota.  They also turn deeply reddish brown when cooked, which didn't look that good to me.  Kinda like mushroom chunks in blood (or a red wine sauce).


Here is exactly what they look like cooked (found with online search).  Yummy!  :argh:


Be careful with white spored mushrooms and get a local expert to confirm the species before eating it.


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Re: Lepiota Americana ID [Re: DREG]
    #4576135 - 08/24/05 08:55 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I just got some pictures of the mushrooms in question:



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Re: Lepiota Americana ID [Re: DREG]
    #4576167 - 08/24/05 09:04 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

kinda new to this image-posting thing... here's more pictures, that I tried to include in my first message:







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Re: Lepiota Americana ID [Re: DREG]
    #4576511 - 08/24/05 10:44 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Those are L. americana. The stems should be fairly rigid. Nice pics and
excellent discriptions.


Edited by falcon (08/24/05 10:46 PM)


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