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Amanita submaculata
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Amanita submaculata

Common Name: Ball Gown Amanita

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whiteish

Comments: 

This is a fairly uncommon species, but is not all too hard to identify. First look for the gray to brownish colors of the cap, that gets more pallid towards the margin. Possibly with some grayish warts. The cap is often spotted with white areas, which is where the scientific name comes from. These are color variations, not universal veil remnants. Fibers on the stem will darken with handling. Ring is said to look like a "19th century ball gown."

Should be a small bulb at the base. Pretty much the whole mushroom can stain red. When fresh, you are likely to see some red staining where there is insect damage, and but the whole thing can redden upon handling.

Finally, it should have a fruity smell.

Lookalikes:  

Amanita spreta is similar, but has a volva. Amanita canescens has white patches on the cap. Amanita brunnescens has a cleft bulb at the base.

Pictures:

Amanita submaculata

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN

Amanita submaculata

Amanita submaculata

Amanita submaculata

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