Amanita Rubescens

(Family: Amanitaceae)
Blusher
Amanita Rubescens
by: klair

Description

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:

  • flat Shape: Flat
  • scales Decorations: Scales
  • free Gill attachment: Free
  • No decurrent tooth
  • crowded Gill spacing: Crowded

Button globose, later conical, convex and then flat. Gills White, sometimes tinged with pink.

Stem:

  • equal Shape: Equal
  • bulbous Base: Bulbous
  • pendant Annulus: Pendant

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

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