from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A large genus of agaricaceous fungi having a fleshy pileus, white spores, and an annulate stipe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun any fungus of the genus Lepiota.
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- noun any fungus of the genus Lepiota
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Four varieties of wild fungus: chanterelles, meadow mushrooms, lepiota and king boletus.
= -- The crested lepiota, _Lepiota cristata_, occurs in grassy places and borders of woods, in groves, etc., from May to September, and is widely distributed.
There is much more danger in mistaking it for the white amanitas, _A. phalloides_, _A. verna_, or _A. virosa_, since the gills of these deadly plants are white, and they do sometimes grow in lawns and other grassy places where the smooth lepiota and the common mushroom grow.
-- This lepiota resembles _A. asper_ in some respects, but it is smaller and the spores are much smaller, being very minute.
A white spore print from the smooth lepiota (_L. naucina_) is shown in Fig. 13.
= -- The smooth lepiota, _L. naucina_, grows in lawns, in pastures and by roadsides, etc.
The bulb of the deadly amanita is usually inserted quite deep in the soil or leaf mold, and specimens are often picked leaving the very important character of the volva in the ground, and then the plant might easily be taken for the common mushroom, or more likely for the smooth lepiota, _Lepiota naucina_, which is entirely white, the gills only in age showing a faint pink tinge.
The pink color of the gills of this lepiota has led certain students of the fungi into mistakes of another kind.