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Amanita rubescens   (Blushing Amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 6-15 cm diameter, stem 6-15 cm tall * 1-2.5 cm thick
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
Amanita rubescens, also knows as Blushing Amanita, is a large, rosy-brown, fleshy agaric that has cap patches, white gills, a bulbous base and ring on stem. A significant characteristics is that it blush when bruised or cut, and is since also called the blusher. It grows solitary or scattered on soil in woods generally.

Cap pinkish brown with gray to pink patches on surface. At first it is sub-spherical, becoming convex and finally flattened. Flesh is moderately firm and white, becoming brownish pink where cut or damaged. Gills crowded, soft, white to off-white, free from stem, with pink tinges appearing on damaged areas. Spores are white. Stem downy, gray, white, or pink, bears a prominent pendent ring with furrows on it's upper surface. The base is swollen and girdled.

Amanita rubescens on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita rubescens on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.




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