Comment on Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas (97626)
Created: 2012-06-17 14:53:34 EDT (-0400)
Summary: W-O-W… [edited]
Comment: I think the deep blue background is playing with the foreground colors. I’d suggest a simple medium gray without any tints of other color. There is something called a “photo gray” background color which will serve you well if you can obtain it or approximate it. Blue backgrounds can really make unsubtle changes in apparently subtle foreground colors.
This is a very interesting specimen. Can you tell me if the volva seems to be significantly darkening with age? Is the color a pale gray or a brown gray or a gray brown? Both color show up in the photographs of what appear to be the same part of the volva. Since I know you have a scope, I wonder if you could get a bit of volva from below the surface of a wart (maybe a thin, vertical section) and see if the inflated cells of the volva are dominated by (probably vertically arranged) chains of roughly sausage shaped cells.
I think it is too young to be making spores at this point.
What I’m trying to do is (mentally) work backward from mature material that I know to what they would look like at the stage of development you are depicting in your photos of this observation.
The section is surely sect. Lepidella.
Very neat find.