Observation 137640: Amanita subsect. Solitariae Bas
When: 2013-06-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Smelled like nasty chlorine

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That’s what I had hoped for.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-26 14:28:33 PDT (-0700)

Very complete, I didn’t realize that you had the information at hand.

Thanks very much.

Very best,


By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-26 14:04:42 PDT (-0700)

For $25 you can get a high end model inverter.

Plug that into your cigarette lighter then plug your dehydrator into the inverter.
A small $20-40 home model dehydrator would be optimal, not only to save space but to minimize power consumption.. If your cars battery is in relatively good shape (should be holding 10-12v with your engine off) then you will be fine running the dehydrator for 4-6hr before needing to start the engine so that your alternator can recharge the battery.

Hope that helps.

Interesting, Justin.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-26 13:03:38 PDT (-0700)

I would be very interested to hear whether you develop a suggestion of the equipment that would work for your needs. I have given a lot of thought to triage for handling amanitas based on age of fruiting body, condition of fruiting body, rarity of taxon, time to dryer, etc. Having a dryer in the vehicle would be very useful if there were good photographs of relatively common material to back up the collections in the dryer. The collections that should be documented in detail would then be documented in the field (thence, going in to the automobile dryer on the spot) or be the first thing processed upon return from the field if that were plausible in a relatively short time.

The problem of getting good documentation in terms of annotation of fresh material is always with us.

Very best,


an idea
By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-26 09:57:44 PDT (-0700)

Recently I considered purchasing a power converter to enable the use of a full size dehydrator in my vehicle. I do hike for 10+ hours on occasion, it would be practical for me.
I also spend a few days at a time in larger forests.

Dried material would be great.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-26 09:21:02 PDT (-0700)

It’s important to dry things quickly as and soon as possible after collection. This could be something really worth looking at.

Very best,


is a dried specimen of interest?
By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-26 09:06:05 PDT (-0700)

I would be glad to send it.

I love the new shot.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 20:34:46 PDT (-0700)

Beside the sterile marginal extension on the cap, the level of detail of the partial veil is really fine. And did you notice the forking gill a little to the right of center?

Very best,


By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-25 20:21:54 PDT (-0700)

It does appear to extend beyond gill margin in the additional pic I just added, and in the dry specimen.

Please check my edited version of my previous comment.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 20:19:24 PDT (-0700)


Image added
By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-25 20:18:11 PDT (-0700)

Of a specimen which smelled the same (Not like A.longipes), I do believe I did a poor job at excavating this one though, looks like I broke off something.

I do have a collection of this
By: Justin (Tmethyl)
2013-06-25 20:16:35 PDT (-0700)

And I can confirm it does smell like chlorine (but more stinky)
Like.. rotten chlorine. No noticeable bruising.

Hello, Justin. [EDITED]
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-06-25 20:10:46 PDT (-0700)

Amanita chlorinosma has one of the most disorderly, floccose volvas of section Lepidella. It sometimes may form warts in the center of the cap, but not lots of well-formed warts as in these images. Also, the bulb is barely (if at all) rooting in chlorinosma; and there are no volval warts left on the upper bulb as in the photos.

On the other hand, I haven’t figured out what the images depict and probably can’t without having them in hand for microscopy.

ADDED: Does the cap seem to extend beyond the ends of the gills? Here I am referring to an extension of the cap proper and not to the appendiculate matter on the edge of the cap. There is a species I have only seen in a picture in the original publication called A. marginata that has such an extension of the cap beyond the gills.


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