Observation 172878: Limacella sect. Amanitellae Gminder

When: 2014-08-04

Collection location: Del Mar, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)

Specimen available

odor: unpleasant mushroomy, getting more farinaceous after picking

cap subsubsubsubsticky, gills too or waxy or frictional, you know, opposite of slippery.


Proposed Names

29% (1)
Recognized by sight
44% (2)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight
-57% (1)
Recognized by sight: looks like H. persoonii (e.g. obs 156988), waxy gills
Used references: RET argument + darv suggestion
-57% (1)
Recognized by sight
57% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references: RET in obs 178378, assuming there aren’t suddenly two Limacella sections represented in SoCal

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Add Comment
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2014-08-11 16:39:52 CDT (-0500)

It would nice to get the size of the basidia and rule out Hygrophorus. The free gills can occasionally be caused by human handling.

A thought about subfurnacea
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-08-11 14:12:53 CDT (-0500)

Limacella subfurnacea was described from Europe. It has not been reported from elsewhere. Anyway, not yet.

Very best,


Hello, Jacob.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-08-11 13:51:18 CDT (-0500)

If you’d like, I’d be glad to look at the dried specimen.

It looks like there might have been a partial veil on the cap edge (to the left) and on the back of the stem (to the right). In Limacella, a membranous partial veil normally does not accompany a stipe with slime below a fixed region (which also could be an interpretation of your images). If you have a slimy stem, that usually indicates that there was a sort of “cortina” like arrangement of slime retaining hyphae the intergrew when cap edge approached the stem during the early development of the fruiting body.

In all cases of which I know, a membranous partial veil goes with a “dry” stem in Limacella.

Very best,


By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-08-08 17:52:02 CDT (-0500)

Maybe Limacella is facultatively or actually not mycorrhizal, as I think some folks have suggested.
The reddish one I’ve seen in CA is often around Monterey Cypress, but there’s usually something that forms ECM nearby.

No legit trees
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2014-08-08 17:24:56 CDT (-0500)

The yard is landscaped… Strelitzia, some palms, a cycad I think. I guess it came from imported soil/woodchips/whatever.

Looks like a Limacella to me
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-08-08 11:35:32 CDT (-0500)

what trees were around?

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