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Lepiota aspera

Lepiota aspera

Common Name: Sharp-scaled Lepiota

Synonyms: Lepiota acutesquamosa; L friesii

Substrate: Ground

Location: Forest

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White


If you catch this mushroom before the cap opens, it makes the ID a bit easier. There are only a couple Lepiotas that have a cobwebby veil, and this is one of them. 

Aside from the veil, look for brownish, pyramidal wars on the surface of the cap. 


Lepiota eriophora is very similar but has smaller spores.  See more detailed comments about lookalikes on that page.

Lepiota cortinarius looks like a rain-soaked L. aspera. L. cortinarius develops brownish to yellowish-brown stains on the gills.


Lepiota aspera

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

Lepiota aspera

9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN

Lepiota aspera

Lepiota aspera

8/25/12 - Racoon Lake SRA - Rockville, IN

Lepiota aspera

9/16/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN