Amanita mold

Hypomyces hyalinus
This mold parasitizes some amanitas, most commonly the Blusher (A. rubescens) and disfigures it beyond recognition. The mold is white or red tinged and forms a cover over the cap and prevents it from growing and maturing. In the accompanying photos the cap is only slightly wider than the scaly stalk. The cap has a granular appearance. Seen in woods and woods borders where amanitas thrive in summer and fall.