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Amanita daucipes
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Amanita daucipes

Common Name: Carrot-Footed Lepidella

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White to Pale Cream to Yellowish

Comments: 

Lepidellas are a large group of Amanitas that are often difficult to distinguish. That being said, they are some of the most impressive mushrooms that can be found in our area. Many can commonly grow to be over a foot tall.  If you plan to attempt an ID, it is always helpful to dig up any potential root along with the mushroom.

Several things that distingush this mushroom from other Lepidellas. The first is the color. The volval material on the cap often has pinkish tones to it. It can have well developed warts, or sometimes more of a powdery consistency to the volval material. The bulb often has the shape of a turnip or carrot. The overall size of the mushroom seems to vary in size. The full grown specimen from 7/21/12 was only 2.5 inches tall above the ground. It can grow to be 8 or 10 inches tall.

As with all Amanitas: free gills and white spores, growing from the ground. 

Somewhat strong smell of chlorine or decaying protein. Some say old ham or old tennis shoes. 

Lookalikes:  

Amanita ravenelii has more clearly defined warts with small fibers that emanate from the warts on the cap. Amanita rhopalopus usually has a rooting bulb that has a dogleg.   Amanita polypyramis has a pure white cap with concentric rings of pyramidal warts around the bulb. Amanita cokeri has a persistent annulus, no reddish bruising, and lacks a strong odor. 

Pictures:

Amanita daucipes

The cap will be powdery (when younger) and have pinkish tones. 

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You can see where it was touched with a finger and the powder rubbed off.

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A carrot shaped bulb that goes into the ground.

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Pinkish tones to the cap in a different light.

7/21/12 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN