Lepiota rubrotincta
Also called:Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus

Found on Eagle Creek Hike 10/21/14
Oregon Wild Hike led by Wendal Wood

In the Lepiota family, this is one of the more distinctive species. When young it is almost entirely coral pink or orangish brown, and has an egg-shaped to conical cap. As it matures, however, the cap color begins to break up, resulting in the familiar Lepiota family fibers and scales over a pale background. The center of the cap, however, remains evenly colored and dark, although the scaly fibers elsewhere may fade to orangish or coral pink.

The distinctive cap, together with the absence of any staining in the flesh, make Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus easy to recognize.

The genus Lepiota genrally consist of saprobic gilled mushrooms with white spore prints, gills that are free from the stem, partial veils that typically leave a ring on the stem-
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Center of cap is deep red to chestnut; surface dry, smooth and pinkish brown all over, then breaking into flat, minutely hairy scales varying in color from cinnamon buff to coral pink, reddish, or reddish orange, margin paler.

Gills free, close, narrow; white. Stem stuffed becoming hollow, club-shaped at base, which often extends quite deeply into the soil; white, discoloring a little in age; smooth to milky. Veil white, membranous partial veil leaves a persistent hanging ring on the upper stem. Flesh thick; white.

Spores deposit white.

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