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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 where 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 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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