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Amanita spreta
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Amanita spreta

Common Name: Hated Caesar

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whiteish

Comments: 

This is in the group of "Caesar" mushrooms, a section of Amanitas that lack a bulb, but have a volva at the base of the stem. This group also has partial veils present on the stem.

This particular Caesar has a gray cap and the volva will often flare off to one side. The partial veil will also usually become gray with age.

Lookalikes:  

Amanita murilliana is similar, but it has a lighter colored cap and a more robust volva. Amanita submaculata lacks a volva at the base. 

Pictures:

Amanita spreta

Note the volva flaring on one side.

9/11/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Amanita spreta

Amanita spreta

9/19/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Amanita spreta

Amanita spreta

9/1/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN