Amanita cothurnata (Booted Amanita)

Description: White cap, often with yellowish center, and with white patches, somewhat radially lined margin, ring on stalk, and rimmed bulb.

Cap: 1-4" (2.5-10 cm) wide; hemispherical to convex, becoming nearly flat to somewhat sunken; margin faintly radially lined; sticky, smooth; white, often yellowish about center, with thin, white patches.

Gills: free, crowded, moderately broad, white.

Stalk: 2-5" (5-12.5 cm) long, 1/8-5/8" (0.3-1.5 cm) thick, with oval to round basal bulb; woolly to scaly, whitish.

Veils: universal veil white; leaving patches on cap, and with either bandlike, rolled margin or free rim at tip of stalk bulb. Partial veil membranous, white; leaving pendant ring on upper or mid-stalk.

Spores: 8.7-11.8 X 6.3-8.7 m; round to elliptical, smooth, colorless, nonamyloid. Spore print white.

Edibility: Poisonous.

Season: July-October.

Habitat: On the ground, in oak, oak-pine, and pine woods.

Range: New york to Florida, west to michigan..

Look-alikes: A. gemmata has buff-yellow cap.

Comments: This species is also known as a variety of the poisonous Panther (A. pantherina and believed to be similarly poisonous.

Amanita cothurnata image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981/2004, pp. 532-533 , image #127).

Amanita cothurnata (Booted Amanita)