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Thank you Debbie!
are the most primitive of the amanitas in section Lepidella, which is itself the most basal of any of the amanita sections. They retain those primitive features of a saprobic lifestyle. The ability to form mycorrhizae is an evolved trait.
Here is a recent paper by Ben Wolfe on another saprobic amanita species found across the Mid West, Amanita thiersii. Ben recently obtained his doctorate at Harvard in the Pringle lab, and is now a professor at Tufts University, and has done extensive work within the Amanitaceae, including studying them at Tomales Bay State Park in California.
So strange to see an Amanita growing in an open field with no trees. Rod’s site mentions no trees were found nearby, but I wonder if this mushroom is a saprobe, or if it is in a mycorrhizal relation with the grass or some other herbaceous plant.
it has already been found in Santa Cruz, this past September, along a city street.
Where exactly was this sighting? Same place as the original finds: Fern Ridge Reservoir?
What a fruiting.
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