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Limacella glioderma
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Limacella glioderma

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Synonyms: Limacella delicata var. glioderma

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White to Pale Yellowish

Comments: 

This mushroom will not appear like most Amanitas that you find. Really the only way to place it there is the terrestrial growth, free gills, and white spores. What makes mushrooms in this genus so unique and special to find are the thick gelatinous layer of slime that is found on the caps when they are young.  The species in this genus are thought to be a distant relative that the modern Amanitas evolved from.

The mushroom pictured has already lost much of the slime to the cap. Look for the reddish-brown tones, the slightly shaggy stem, and the smell. The stalk should not be slimy.

One good way to know if you are on the right track with the genus Limacella is to smell the mushroom. Most will smell like cucumber (mealy; farinaceous). This one presents that smell.

If you have a microscope, these should have small (3-5 microns), globose (round) spores.

Rare species.

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Limacella glioderma

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN