Larger Vaginatae     Stirp

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Amanita caesareaAmanita     Genus
Fruiting body having a combination of some of the following characteristics:
Stalk growing out of a cup of cottony tissue called a volva (all white-spored mushrooms with a volva go here)
Cap with scattered patches or flakes of the same sort of tissue as the volva (see second picture), easily peeled off
Annulus (skirt-like ring on stalk)

Amanita V3Vaginatae     Section
Cap margin distinctly striate in maturity
Either (most commonly) annulus absent and colors brown or grey, or
(rarely) annulus present and colors bright: red, orange or yellow
Volva sack-like in some species, in others clamped tightly to the stem, leaving traces in bands of color on the stalk

Amanita fulvaVaginatae     SubSection
Cap usually some shade of brown or gray, occasionally white
Annulus absent, but there may be strangulated zones on the stem
Universal veil material generally not present (or only occasionally) on the cap
Volva sac-like, or clamped tightly to the stem

Larger Vaginatae     Stirp     


Narrow down your identification:

Amanita fulvaAmanita fulva
Cap tawny brown
Stipe usually white, sometimes tinged with cap color

Amanita GN274
Cap up to 3" across, brownish grey
Volva saclike, unusually thick and tough, pale pink

Amanita SM1 var. xanthovelaAmanita SM1 var. xanthovela
Cap dark brown, lightening towards the edges, fading in age
Universal veil material with a yellow outer layer
Margin tuberculate-striate

Amanita SM2 var. albovaginataAmanita SM2 var. albovaginata
Cap up to 6" across; white to brownish grey; tuberculate-striate reach almost half-way to the center of the cap in mature specimens
We were unable to find a volva on the two specimens we found

Amanita V3Amanita V3
Cap up to 4" across; dark brown
Volva clamped tightly to the stalk, leaving a series of colored bands known as "strangulate zones" on the stalk as the stalk grows
Universal veil material light grey at first, quickly darkening; frequently forming patches on the cap

Amanita vaginata var. vaginataAmanita vaginata var. vaginata
Cap up to 4" across; dark brown to charcoal grey, fading in age, usually not with patches of universal veil material
Volva sack-like, irregular