Observation 137609: Amanita sinicoflava Tulloss

When: 2013-06-25

Collection location: Oxford Co., Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: vjp

Specimen available

Growing directly under Acer rubrum. Pinus strobus, Tsuga canadensis, Fagus grandifolia, Fraxinus species, Betula papyrifera, and Acer pensylvanicum were also close by. Growing on the side of a trail in acidic-loamy soil.

No taste or odor

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The field photo was so lovely.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 23:30:03 CDT (-0400)

Could you tone down the red of the cap with Photoshop and re-post it? I just loved the surface detail of the volva. I’ve never seen it captured so nicely.

Very best,


By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 23:28:16 CDT (-0400)

That is the more mustard like color called “Chinese Yellow”…the color of the robes of the Imperial Court during at least one period of history. I think this material is quite possibly sinicoflava.


Thank you for offering to send the material…and notes. We don’t see as many notes as we would like. They can be a great bonus to us.

We hope to make good use of it in our studies.

Very best,


The picture
By: vjp
2013-06-25 21:13:45 CDT (-0400)

is not correctly color balanced. The cap is not orange. I’ll see if i can upload a more accurate “studio” shot.

It was growing by itself but i will send you my sample and notes.

What a beautiful picture of the external surface of a graying volva. That’s a real prize.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 16:47:00 CDT (-0400)

The volva is entirely consistent with sinicoflava. The cap color is much too orange. My camera sometimes over emphasizes red in mushroom caps (flavoconia comes out with a red cap like Santa Clause sometimes). I wonder if something like that has happened here.

Only the collector can know for sure (or might know). What do you think?

I see you have retained a dried specimen. May I take a look at it? If it is well-dried, there is a chance that we will be able to give some feedback on it.

Very best,


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