Mushroom from yard

Recently in Eastern Pennsylvania, there has been lots of rain and heat (90's) for a couple weeks now, so lots of mushrooms are popping up.

A neighbor posted a picture of this fungus in a community group, and was wondering if it is edible.

  • $\begingroup$ I found some images of Amanita rhopalopus that look similar, but I`m not totally convinced they are the same, as some look a bit different. Any one think they are Amanita rhopalopus? $\endgroup$
    – XaNaX
    Jul 31, 2016 at 3:25
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    $\begingroup$ You should not eat it if you don't know for certain what it is! E.g. here is a similar deadly mushroom: google.hu/… $\endgroup$
    – inf3rno
    Jul 31, 2016 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Obviously no one should eat any unidentified organism without the guidance of an expert. Thanks for the possibility. $\endgroup$
    – XaNaX
    Aug 1, 2016 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ Mushroom identification is very difficult. As well, post more detailed pictures, including gills and dissected views. Do not ever imagine about eating an unknown fungus identified via web this way. Experts identify mushrooms after collecting a lots of characteristics (including light-microscopy of tissue, spores etc and chemical tests at least), and also there is role of expertise of that experts. Tribal and Rural-peoples when collect mushroom, they very well-know the look ,habit and habitat of mushrooms they eat. Often, they collect fungus from a well-known site or locality. $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Aug 7, 2016 at 15:08

2 Answers 2


I am no mycologist, but I think it looks like the false death cap, Amanita citrina var. alba.

I'm basing this mostly on color, size, and the universal veil remnants on the cap. Here is a picture for comparison:

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Amanita citrina is now known to contain the toxin alpha-amanitin; however, if eaten in normal amounts it is considered the concentration is so low that it is unlikely to have any significant effect on a healthy adult. Of far greater risk is the possibility of confusion with one of the deadly Amanita species such as the Deathcap, Amanita phalloides, or the Destroying Angel, Amanita virosa. For this reason our advice is not to eat Amanita citrina, whether it is raw or cooked

Source: First-Nature

  • $\begingroup$ It could be an Amenita, another option is a Lepiota. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:12

yes amanita sp. do not eat it at all. They come up in the grass after rain and hot weather.

  • $\begingroup$ It would be nice if you could provide a more detailed response, which may include an image of your proposed ID, organism distribution, and/or any other general background info that's relevant to the OP. +1 if you can do this. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Oct 10, 2017 at 16:16

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