Observation 155645: Amanita muscaria var. persicina Dav.T. Jenkins
When: 2013-12-14
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found under mixed Pinus species, soon after a temp drop and a light rain in Central FL. From volva to base, about 8".

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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-12-15 03:42:45 PST (-0800)

It would be nice to have close up of the bottom of the cap with the stem removed so that the shape of short gills could be seen more easily. I think that the short gills are probably squarely cut off on the stem end. This would support the idea (although not definitively) that the material belongs in section Amanita rather than section Validae.

Very best,

Rod

Hello, Justin.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-12-15 03:37:58 PST (-0800)

I think that a check of the spores with Melzer’s reagent is likely to be helpful in this case. An 8" high specimen of flavoconia seems unlikely to me. The heavy yellow remnants of the internal limb of the volva on the edge of partial veil and the lighter remains on the base of the stem and upper bulb suggest to me that a muscarioid taxon is a possibility here…perhaps, muscaria var. persicina. The cap margin is lightly striate in the highest resolution/magnification photos.

Incidentally, the photographic documentation is quite good, Justin.

Very best,

Rod

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