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Phaeolepiota aurea
golden bootleg, gold cup, Alaskan gold, golden false Pholiota
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
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Distribution: Widely distributed

Habitat: Usually found in the north temperate zone in disturbed areas of forests, such as along roadsides.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: It is said to be edible for most people but to cause digestive upset in some.

Description:
Edibility:

It is said to be edible for most people but to cause digestive upset in some.

Identification Notes:

If there was a prize for easiest mushroom to identify, Phaeolepiota aurea certainly would be a contender. Its large size, golden color, powdery surface, skirt-like ring, brown spores, and tendency to grow in large groups are distinctive. When found it is often present in large numbers.

Accepted Name:
Phaeolepiota aurea (Matt. ex Fr.) Maire
Publication: Icones Selectae Fungorum Fasc. 3: 112. 1927.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cystoderma aureum (Matt.) K├╝hner & Romagn.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phaeolepiota aurea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Phaeolepiota aurea photos.

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