Observation 188093: Amanita phalloides (Vaill. ex Fr.) Link

When: 2014-11-09

Collection location: Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Phil Yeager (gunchky)

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Shiny greyish yellow to olive yellow dry caps that may have been sticky at one time due to material cliging to some caps. No marginal striations. Uv has a loose fiting upper portion. Found closest to Red pine and White pine, but Maple and some Locust are nearby. Have seven specimens home and many more were left undisturbed. Been finding these in the same area since the fall of 2010, and it seems as if there are more every year.

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Your ID seems very likely to be correct.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-11-11 15:30:43 PST (-0800)

It’s interesting to know of another Pennsylvania site and to know that the number of fruiting bodies appear to be expanding. The maples and locusts are probably not involved, but the Red Pine and White Pine are host candidates. You might look for a seedling of either tree and very carefully and gently move the soil away from some of its roots. Look for little white snowflakes on the roots. This is the appearance of the mycorrhizal interface between A. phalloides and pines that Ben Wolfe showed me in a Cape May, New Jersey, phalloides site back when he was starting off as a student at Harvard.

Very best,


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