Observation 204820: Amanita solaniolens H.L. Stewart & Grund

When: 2015-05-19

Collection location: Tallassee Highlands, Clarke Co., Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Bill Sheehan (B_Sheehan)

No specimen available


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side view – note soil line
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stem showing long below-ground portion
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Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight
17% (2)
Recognized by sight: I believe that current “solaniolens” research has revealed the possibility of more than one species fitting the general description.
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: as per recent discussion here. small, delicate amanita with a brownish cap, SE distribution. now placed in section Validae, formerly in Section Phalloidea; it’s been confusing us for decades!!! ;)

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Actually, Rod…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-05-23 23:28:00 CDT (-0400)

I think you had explained this previously; “solaniolens” tending to encompass lumping rather than representing a concept in need of splitting. I had just forgotten this aspect of the discussion.

As for the distribution, I find lots of solaniolens here in the NE.

I’m inclined to agree with David. ….EDITED…..
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-05-23 09:09:18 CDT (-0400)

It’s probably my fault if there is confusion over the direction that genetic sequencing has given to the understandiing of Amanita solaniolens. We still do not have a sequence from type or other original material of the species.

However, to date, material I have called solaniolens has the same nrLSU and nrITS sequences as do collections that I have called sp-O02, sp-N20, and sp-CR15. Rather than seeing evidence of hidden taxa within the solaniolens concept, we are seeing evidence that the morphological concept of the species needs to be slightly broadened.

I apologize if there has been any confusion on this matter. I have been so focused on other taxa that I may have neglected the solaniolens “story” in my postings on MO and on the WAO site.

Very best,


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