Observation 20372: Amanita Pers.
When: 2009-04-16
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I rather think this specimen is very similar to “19954”. I was careful to provide as much information as possible as the previous example (19954)has been difficult to name. Debbie and Rod would you like to examine and see what you think. This specimen was about half a mile from the other specimen. The height of this specimen was aproxx 8"(10cm) & the cap which was “Goop” (thanks Rod) was about 9cm 0r 3.5" across. The thickness of the stipe was 2cm. There is a noticeable area on the stipe where the warty areas exist in comparison to the central part of the stipe. This may have some bearing on the type of species. There was another unusual observation. When I removed the specimen from its habitat, I caused an exodus of small very tiny black ants to erupt. With this happening they were emitting a very strong smell that I think is called Prussic acid which I also believe is extremely poisonous. (aqueous solution of hydrogen cyanide.) So obviously I only sniffed the blighter and definatly NO Tasties!!!
If you look closely at image 41379 you will see some little black spots. They were in fact the ants I have spoken about. (maybe an "Ant-oligist! can help out!) And again this was a single specimen growing from the leaf litter on the forest floor. I did have to clear away the base to fully expose the bulb.

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By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-04-19 19:29:02 PDT (-0700)

Ian,
I will be passing through in about a month, may be able to set something up…

Amanita sp. Pers.

I need an onsite Tutor. (any offers from travellers?)

well Ian, hard to do some of this ID from a photo! altho we DO always enjoy seeing yours…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-19 11:30:21 PDT (-0700)

you could have another lepidella here; more of that odd upright appendiculate cap margin, and stipe flocculence; the white color fits, too…beyond that…tough to get much closer to a name w/out the specimen in hand, and even then…

looks like you disturbed an ant’s nest and they were doing a bit of defensive spraying; don’t know that it was necessarily related in any sort of symbiotic way to that lone amanita tho…prob. more a coincidence of growth location.

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