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Lepiota cortinarius
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Lepiota cortinarius

Common Name: None

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Forest

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White; Developing brownish stains

Comments: 

The cap becomes nearly plane and is covered with concentrically arranged scales. The white flesh underneath shows through in most observations where the scales break up, but not all. 

With age the gills will develop brownish or yellowish-brown discolorations.

Cobwebby annulus which give the species its scientific name.

Not edible. 

Microscopic:

Spores - 7.5-10 x 3-4

Lookalikes:

A rain soaked L. aspera can look like this species. But it will not develop the brownish stains on the gills. Lepiota acerina also develops brownish stains on the gills, but is smaller, has a mostly even colored surface, and has most importantly, spores that are truncate on the broader end.

Also check the species listed with Lepiota eriophoria if there are hairy scales on the cap surface.

Pictures:

Lepiota eriophora

Lepiota eriophora

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