National Geographic : 1920 May
390 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by A. G . and B. Leeper THE BLUSHER (Amanita rubescens) Is EDIBLE There are many thousands of species of mushrooms and many strange forms, as the succeeding photographs show. The collector observes especially variations in the cap (I), gills (2), ring (3), stem (4), volva (see page 389), and color of the spores (for an account of these marvelous reproductive bodies, see pages 392, 402, 415). Though edible, the Blusher is a member of the dangerous genus Amanita, and should therefore be eaten only by those who are thoroughly familiar with a large number of Amanitas. Its volva has disappeared into warts on the cap, see description of figure I, page 389. It may be yellowish, entirely white, and often very much deformed or aborted in shape, and quite frequently specimens are found that refuse to "blush." The Blusher is found in thin and dense woods, solitary or scattered; time, July to September; distribution, United States, east of the Mississippi, and in Europe. About natural size. For color figures of Amanitas, see Plates II, V, IX, X, XV, and XVI.