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Lepiota sequoiarum
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Lepiota sequoiarum group

Common Name: Eastern Small White Lepiota

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Ground 

Location: Woods

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

There is not much information to be found on this little woodland Lepiota. There needs to be further study, but it seems to be able to be found across a large portion of the state. The Lepiota sequoiarum name is from the West Coast, so it is likely not the same thing that we have here. Also, this is a species complex of 5 or 6 similar species that are not named yet...so who knows where this will end up.

The overall height is around 2-3 inches, with a cap width of an inch or so. The features for this group are a smooth white stem and a fiberous white cap. There is an umbo (uplifted center) on the cap that will usually have some shades of brown in it. The stem is fragile and tapers downward, containing a small ring. 

If you happen to come across any of these, please dry them out and send them to me (with pictures when fresh).

Lookalikes: 

Lepiota cepaestipes is somewhat similar, but it has a preference for growing from woodchips. Lepiota mutata is another option. It is described from Kansas. These species are somewhat taller than the description for L. mutata suggests, but it may be what fits best for our species according to an expert in Lepiotas. The characteristic to be sure it is L. mutata is that the mushroom dries brown.

Pictures:

Lepiota sequoiarum group

Lepiota sequoiarum group

Lepiota sequoiarum group

Lepiota sequoiarum group

8/24/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Lepiota sequoiarum group

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

Lepiota sequoiarum group

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

Lepiota sequoiarum group

Lepiota sequoiarum group 

8/27/11 - Tree Trail - Lost Bridge West - Salamonie Reservoir, IN

Lepiota sequoiarum group 

Lepiota sequoiarum group

9/28/11 - Paynetown SRA - Lake Monroe, IN 

Lepiota sequoiarum group

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