The Genus Limacella
[ Basidiomycetes > Agaricales > (Amanitaceae/Pluteaceae) . . . ]
by Michael Kuo
Limacella is a small genus of slimy gilled mushrooms with white spore prints and gills that are free from the stem. In old age the slime on some Limacella species can dry up, and they are then likely to be confused with members of the Lepiota family. When young they can approximate the Waxy Caps, but do not have thick, waxy gills that are broadly attached to the stem.
DNA studies have apparently confirmed the traditional view (based primarily on microscopic observation of the gills) that Limacella is closely related to Amanita, though collectors are not likely to confuse the two genera. It is unclear whether species of Limacella are saprobic or mycorrhizal; my limited experience with the genus suggests that the species I have collected are saprobic litter decomposers, but I wouldn't bet the house on my guess.