Lepiota cf. clypeolaria
This single specimen was found in August under oak. The light
cinnamon-brown cap breaks up into small patches as it expands.
Stipe is silky and smooth above the ring zone and heavily woolly
below. Spore print creamy white.
"Lepiota clypeolaria (Bulliard ex Fries) Kummer
CAP 1.8–6 cm wide; conical becoming convex and then flat­tened;
disc unbroken, fibrous, dark chestnut brown to cinnamon brown,
raised in age; margin like the disc but soon break­ing into loose
deciduous woolly scales, buff or light brown to bright yellowish,
incurved becoming upturned and torn or eroded in age; exposed
flesh white or pallid yellow. GILLS free, buff to cream color; close;
edges finely fringed; in one to three tiers. SPORE PRINT pale
cream. STALK 3.5–14.5 cm long, top 4–10 mm thick; equal or
somewhat expanded below; hollow; pale silky fibrous above the
ring, shaggy below with woolly scales the color and texture of
those on the cap margin. RING whitish to bright yellowish; woolly;
sometimes flaring like a skirt; often breaking up into woolly scales.
ODOR not remarkable. TASTE not remarkable. HABIT usually
gregarious but may be solitary. HABITAT forest floors. EDIBILITY
"poisonous" in some American field guides and "edible" in some
European field guides; a look-alike may be lethal."

Richard E. Sieger, Puget Sound Mycological Society
copyright © January 17, 2007

Trial Key to Pacific Northwest Lepiota and Allies
Spore morphology