Cleft-foot Amanita Amanita brunnescens G. F. Atkinson  Synonyms: Brown Blusher.

Status:

Found scattered or in groups on ground in deciduous forests.

Description:

Cap: Grayish-brown with darker radial fibers, paler at margin; convex to flat with broad umbo; random pale felt-like warts. Gills: White, crowded; partial veil. Stalk: White/dingy white; ring partially adheres to stalk with lower portion free; large marginate bulb often has vertical clefts.

The white form of this species is recognized by some mycologists as variety pallida; however, because A. brunnescens is highly variable in color, other mycologists consider white fruiting bodies as within the normal color variation. (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 6 records in the project database.

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A Cleft-foot Amanita (cap with soft warts) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/19/2011). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Cleft-foot Amanita (gills, ring, and upper stalk) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/29/2015). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Cleft-foot Amanita in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Cleft-foot Amanita (cleft bulb; ring has collapsed on lower stalk) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/29/2015). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Cleft-foot Amanita (young fruiting body) in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/26/2019). Verified by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Cleft-foot Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/26/2019). Same maturing fruiting body as above later the same day after partial veil dropped. Note gills, veil, stalk, cleft volva, and reddish bruising at base of stalk. Verified by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Cleft-foot Amanita spores collected in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Round, smooth, hyaline; measured 7.3-8.1 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Cleft-foot Amanita specimen in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/26/2019). Round, smooth, hyaline; measured 6.9-7.9 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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