Observation 193947: Leucoagaricus cupresseus (Burl.) Boisselet & Guinb.
When: 2014-12-17

Notes: Growing under Valley Oak (Quercus lobata). Bruised red upon handling (even ring on stipe bruised), slowly fading to brown. Strong smell, almost fishy. Specimen very heavy, roughly 9-10 inches tall.

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Recognized by sight: The habitat is different than i have ever seen it in, so i am not 100% sure (also microscopical data are necessary).

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Else and I had a brief exchange of email.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-18 08:56:55 PST (-0800)

She just wrote to say that she had proposed a name. There is no need to send me material. Thank you for being willing to do so.

Very best,


“Fluffy” gills…
By: Randy Longnecker (Randy L.)
2014-12-17 21:52:00 PST (-0800)

If you look at the full size version of the 4th image, on the left side near the stipe there does appear to be some fluffiness on the gills.

Not trying to prove anyone wrong or anything BTW, I just feel the pictures might be misleading and if you all handled this mushroom you might agree with me. I do appreciate all input.

Yes the reaction was fast…
By: Randy Longnecker (Randy L.)
2014-12-17 21:49:15 PST (-0800)

I can send it to you if you really want to see it, I don’t want to waste your time though if it is just Leucoagaricus. This specimen was very heavy by the way, I have never felt any Leucoagaricus with that much weight to it. And although it was faded, the top of the stipe appeared to be pruinose and looked very Amanita-like.

The red bruising looks very bright red…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-17 17:01:16 PST (-0800)

Was it a very rapid reaction?

It does make me think of the blood red, rapid reaction that I see in the Leucoagaricus americanus that used to come up in my lawn in New Jersey. If the reaction is very rapid, that would not be what one normally sees in rubescent species of Amanita.

Very best,


A look at the stipe tissue and or gill tissue under the microscope…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-17 16:55:49 PST (-0800)

can resolve the issue. I’m willing to take a look if you are willing to send me all, or a part of, the dried specimen. A half of the fruiting body split vertically (even a quarter) would suffice for the basic check. Did the top surface of the partial veil have distinct raised, radial lines? Were the edges of the gills minutely decorated with a line of “fine fluffly stuff” running along the edge?

Very best,


Opposites then…
By: Randy Longnecker (Randy L.)
2014-12-17 16:26:11 PST (-0800)

Because at first I thought it was Leucoagaricus, but the more I inspected it the more it screamed Amanita. Maybe my pictures aren’t very good but there’s no way I will believe this is Leucoagaricus.

I thought it might be an Amanita at first; however,
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-17 16:22:40 PST (-0800)

a more careful look at the texture of the cap surface, made me think otherwise.

Very best,


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