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Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus
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Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Common Name: Red-tinged Lepiota

Synonyms: Lepiota rubrotincta

Substrate: Ground

Location: Woodland Setting

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

As a member of the Lepiota genus, we can generally expect white gills, white spores, free gills, and a ring on the stem. This mushroom conforms to all of these characteristics. The stem is not scaly and can sometimes have an elarged base. The main character that really makes this mushroom stand out is the red cap. The photos below do a fairly descent job of illustrating some of the different forms you may find it in. One thing that is alwyas there is a little nipple in the center of the cap that contains the darkest red color.

Lookalikes:  

Lepiota cristata is similar, but often much smaller.

Pictures:

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

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

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

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

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Somewhat darker color to the cap than normal.

8/25/12 - Shades State Park - Waveland, IN

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Showing the different stages of the lifecycle. The color is removed from the cap as the mushroom ages.

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

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

8/27/11 - Tree Trail - Lost Bridge West - Salamoie Reservoir 

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Largest Ive ever seen. Probably 6" across.

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

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

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