Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: beugm@evergreen.edu
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Leucoagaricus naucinus, commonly known as Lepiota naucina, looks a lot like one of the Destroying Angel mushrooms except that it lacks the universal veil and thus lacks the remnants of the cup-like volva at the base of the stipe. Lepiota naucina causes gastric distress in some individuals who consume it. Even individuals who have eaten it safely many times can become sensitized. One friend insisted Lepiota naucina was delicious and he ate it for several years. When he came down with flu-like symptoms after a meal of Lepiota naucina, he did not attribute his distress to the mushrooms. He recovered and had a second meal and a second case of the flu. The third meal and third case of the flu convinced him to follow my lead and not eat Lepiota naucina. If you choose to eat any similar species, always be sure to check for a volva, the death cup, at the base of the stipe. It can be buried in the ground and not readily visible so pick the entire mushroom to be certain and be cautious of just slicing mushrooms off at ground level.
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