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Leucoagaricus naucinus
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Leucoagaricus naucinus

Common Name: Smooth Lepiota

Synonyms: Lepiota naucina, Lepiota leucothites, and Leucoagaricus leucothites

Substrate: Ground

Location: Fields, yards, grass

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

This is another common mushroom that is likely to appear the day after a rainfall in yards and other grassy areas. Key ID features are gills that are white and free from the stem, as well as a ring on the stem. The cap will be entirely white and smooth. The base of the stem will sometimes be slightly bulbuous. The shape of the cap will sometimes be wavy in the young specimens. Also, the cap is sometimes "inset" or slightly malformed on one side as can be seen in the lower right mushroom in the first picture. 

Lookalikes:  

These mushrooms can easily be mistaken for Agaricus campestris. Both come up after a rainfall. Both have smooth white caps, and both grow in lawns or other grassy areas. The key difference is the color of the gills. A. campestris has pink gills when it is young and the gills gradually turn brown with age. Leucoagaricus naucinus has white gills throughout its lifecycle as well as a white spore print.

Leucoagaricus naucinus

Leucoagaricus naucinus

Leucoagaricus naucinus

Leucoagaricus naucinus

9/26/11 - Bryan Park - Bloomington, IN

Leucoagaricus naucinus

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Leucoagaricus naucinus

9/28/12 - Batchelor Middle School - Bloomington, IN