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Amanita rubescens   (Blushing Amanita)
North America, Europe
Cap 6-15 cm diameter, stem 6-15 cm tall * 1-2.5 cm thick

Amanita rubescens, also know as Blushing Amanita, is a large, rosy-brown, fleshy agaric that has cap patches, white gills, a bulbous base, and a ring on the stem. A significant characteristic is that it blushes 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 grey to pink patches on the surface. At first, it is sub-spherical, becoming convex and finally flattened. The flesh is moderately firm and white, becoming brownish pink were cut or damaged. Gills crowded, soft, white to off-white, free from the stem, with pink tinges appearing on damaged areas. Spores are white. Stem downy, grey, white, or pink, bears a prominent pendent ring with furrows on its upper surface. The base is swollen and girdled.

Note The toxic compounds in the mushroom are destroyed if Amanita rubescens is cooked thoroughly, but as with all other species in the Amanita genus, it should not be eaten.

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

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