In article <4fdffa$b9p at onramp.arc.nasa.gov>, watson at pioneer.arc.nasa.gov
>>>Recently there has been another rash of mushroom
>poisonings in our area due to Amanita phalloides.
>From what I read in the newspaper, the victims were
>immigrants from Asia, and mistook Amanita phalloides
>for an edible Asian variety. What the paper didn't
>mention was exactly what was that muchroom, only that
>it was "straw mushroom" and that it had the same "growth patterns"
>as Amanita phalloides (they didn't explain what they meant by that).
Hi ! Probably some Volvariella species ? Usually cultured in Asia.
Differences are the absence of a ring and the pink spores (when mature!)