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Lepiota clypeolaria
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Lepiota clypeolaria

Common Name: Shaggy-Stalked Lepiota

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood or Conifer Woods

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

The first things to look at are white gills that are free from the stem. This will put you into Lepiota. Next you see the brown on the cap that often breaks up into scales as it approaches the margin. Finally, the most distinctive feature of this mushroom is the shaggy material found on the stem underneath the cap, especially around the ring-zone.

Confirm the ID if the spores are oblong and narrow towards the ends (fusiform). 

Lookalikes: 

Lepiota magnispora is very similar to this mushroom, and is somewhat tough to differentiate without a microscope (it has larger spores). 

Lepiota floralis is known from one collection in Michigan. It is smaller (1-3 cm cap) and has a vinaceous buff color. It also has the shaggy stalk as this species.

Photos:

Lepiota clypeolaria

Lepiota clypeolaria

10/4/11 - Hoosier National Forest - Monroe County, IN

Lepiota clypeolaria

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Lepiota clypeolaria

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