Observation 191670: Amanita Pers.

When: 2014-11-30

Collection location: Trout Creek Park, Hillsborough Co., Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: domesticgnome

No specimen available

Smell was sweetly chemical, I’d compare the smell to past A. lepidella observations.

Bulbous base, with a slight volva. Skirt like annulus.

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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-04 20:24:07 CST (-0500)

I now stand warned about your sense of smell.

Very best,


Thanks, Rod.
By: domesticgnome
2014-12-04 17:27:14 CST (-0500)

I appreciate your expert opinion.
Lavandula seems a good match.
As far as the odor, it definitely wasn’t wintergreen. I’d say more towards phenolic. I also feel inclined to warn you that I’m terrible with smells.

There are two differences from what I would expect from the lavendula group:
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-04 16:25:14 CST (-0500)

The odor is one and the length of the volval limb that is free from the bulb is the other. The second is a variable character; so it may not mean too much.

The odor intrigues me. I have found material in the past that seemed to have an oil of wintergreen odor. I thought I might have picked up the odor on my hands because in our NJ Pine Barrens environment you do find Wintergreen present. However, I’ve always wondered whether there was another possibility: someone on the foray was using oil of Wintergreen as a topical pain killer (chemically it’s related to aspirin) or there was actually an odor of oil of wintergreen coming from the fungus. The last seems the least likely.

Other than having the odd smell, my NJ specimen looked pretty much like the one in your photos…something in the lavendula group.

I’m curious to hear your comments on this.

Very best,


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