Observation 205479: Amanita sect. Amidella
When: 2015-06-01
No herbarium specimen
0 Sequences

Cap: 5 cm
Stem: 8.5 cm
mixed oak woods


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different specimen = older; 0.4 m from above.

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I’ll vote with David.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-06-02 20:21:39 CDT (-0400)

The species of section Amidella generally have one or more inner layer(s) of the universal veil that are/is friable and can be left on the cap. The outer layer(s) are quite robust and remain as a sack on the stem base (as in the present case). Usually the staining reaction in this section is pink at first becoming brick-colored (brownish red). A dark brown is something I’ve never seen. There are some taxa of section Amidella that stain very little and remain rather pale in age (e.g., A. whetstoneae and A. peckiana are two of these). I only know of one species that has a thin membranous partial veil when young (it disappears rather quickly), and that is peckiana. I spent years working on this group before the advent of molecular methods. It would be very interesting to see what molecular data would do to my provisional and code numbered taxa.

Very best,


I’m wondering…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-06-02 12:26:58 CDT (-0400)

if the last photo shows a mushroom different from what is seen in the first few photos? The cap is striate in the last (bottom) photo. The striations would strongly lead away from section Lepidella. Also, the strong brown staining on the cap in the last photo suggests Amidella to me.

The volva appears to be saccate and collapsed onto the stipe base. I believe a volva appearing as such may be associated with either Amidella or Lepidella. So I wonder if the mushroom seen in the top photos may be a section Lepidella specimen that has lost its annulus…?

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