Observation 187928: Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas
When: 2014-11-08
(32.5249° -94.7925° 328m)
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This Amanita is unusual in the amount of pink stain that has colored it pink. Also it has a lot of “flocking”. It appears a Deer took a bite out of it.

The cap is about 2.5 inch in diameter.

I did not dig it up or collect it. I might go back and bring one home to get a spore print.

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Nov 11 – Three days later entire mushroom is coated with parasite fungus
Close up of parasite fungus, there is a slight fuzzy-ness.
Whole view – parasite covered mushroom
Nov 11 New mushroom – 12 inches away – I believe same species.
Nov 11New mushroom – 12 inches away – I believe same species.
Nov 11New mushroom – 12 inches away – I believe same species.
Nov 11New mushroom – 12 inches away – I believe same species.

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Nov 11 – days later – UPDATE
By: L G Price (LG_Price)
2014-11-11 17:51:32 PST (-0800)

I added photos of the mushroom that is now completely covered with parasite fungus.

One photo shows the base as I was asked.

The original 3 neighbors were gone but a new mushroom that I think is the same had grown about 12 inches from the pink one. I added photos of it to maybe shed light on the ID of the mushroom that is now parasitized.

in this case the parasite would be mycogone roseus
By: Jonathan M
2014-11-10 17:41:31 PST (-0800)
With regard to distorted mushrooms’ turning pink…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-11-10 17:00:27 PST (-0800)

Do you know of the species Hypomyces hyalinus and what it can do to amanitas such as members of the rubescent group in sect. Validae? You might want to check it out. Something like it may be doing a number on the specimen photographed in this observation.

Very best,


Amanita Group- Further comments
By: L G Price (LG_Price)
2014-11-10 16:01:00 PST (-0800)

I will try to get to this location tomorrow and dig this mushroom and one of 3 others nearby. I will both photograph the bases, try to keep any volva or universal veil material intact and take measurements. Also, I will bring material home to get spore prints.

There were 3 similar mushrooms about 3-4 feet from this one. I created an observation (187989) for those 3 with photos. I will get material from them tomorrow if possible.

I suspect they are all Amanitas but not the same species as this “pink” one. One of the other three was bitten by a large animal and it did not bleed pink.

Thank you for your help.

The “pink.”
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-11-10 04:48:14 PST (-0800)

I wonder if this specimen isn’t under attack by another fungus (or a group of organisms). The cap surface does not look as shiny and smooth as I would expect. The color might be being induced by the hypothetical attackers.

Very best,


The warts of atkinsoniana are smaller and more plentiful.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-11-10 04:44:49 PST (-0800)

They begin as gray or brownish gray, and become distinctively reddish brown as the mushroom matures.

They are very plentiful on the bulb of the stem, appearing in many rows from the top of the bulb down to well below the bulb’s broadest point (usually). In North America this is very distinctive and is diagnostic for the species.

I’m not sure what you have found, but I do think you have the right section of the genus. Do you have an image of the part of the mushroom that was below the ground?

Very best,

Rod Tulloss

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