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Amanita Rubescens

   (Family: Amanitaceae)
   
Common name: Blusher EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Poisonous
Size: 50 - 150 mm
Colour:
Reddish or pinkish (Rubescent)
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Spore colour:
White
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: not distinctive
Fruiting season: winter
General info: EDIT
Flushed with shades of russet-pink to rust, being darker at the centre and almost reddish at the margin. Covered with greyish pink scales, which are prominent when the mushroom is young.
Is known to contain a hemolytic poison in its raw state, This toxin is destroyed by cooking. Choice but not recommended.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: flat
Pileus (Cap) decorations: scales
Gill attachment: free
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: crowded
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Button globose, later conical, convex and then flat.
Gills White, sometimes tinged with pink.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: equal
Stem base: bulbous
Annulus: pendant
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  Thickens towards it bulbous base. White near apex, russet and sometimes scaly towards base. Ring Large, Frilly, striate. Yellowish white or pinkish tinge.
 
 
Habitat: Grows in woods
Habitat info: EDIT
Coniferous and deciduous woodlands. Common appears to be confined to the Cape Peninsula and Stelenbosch. It has also been recorded from South Africa, where it is thought to have been accidentally introduced with trees imported from Europe.
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References

 
  • H Levin, M Branch, S Rappoport,D Mitchell (1985), Mushrooms of South Africa, Struik  
  • Margo Branch, (2001), First field guide to mushrooms of Southern Africa, Struik  
 
 

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