Observation 207645: Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas

When: 2015-06-24

Collection location: Culpeper Co., Virginia, USA [Click for map]

38.53° 78.15°

Who: Penny Firth (pfirth)

No specimen available

Fruiting on ground, upland hardwoods. Enormous swollen base. Cap ~16 cm.

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Recognized by sight: Visible pink staining.
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You’re welcome, Penny.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-06-25 15:34:42 PDT (-0700)


Thanks very much Rod
By: Penny Firth (pfirth)
2015-06-25 15:00:45 PDT (-0700)
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-06-25 14:20:53 PDT (-0700)

My suggestion is that this would make rhopalopus plausible as a determination because —rhopalopus__ occasionally produces a large, top-shaped bulb instead of the typical long, dog-legged one.

Very best,


Well this is embarrassing…
By: Penny Firth (pfirth)
2015-06-25 14:12:02 PDT (-0700)

I was in a hurry and started to dig out the bulb (with a stick and my inadequate bare hands…think ‘Gone with the Wind’) but it just seemed to go on and on, round, not elongate. Nearly half as wide as the cap when I gave up and dashed off. Obviously I need to carry a trowel at all times in Amanita season! Sorry about that.

I think it would be good to wait for Penny’s response concerning the shape…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-06-25 12:37:40 PDT (-0700)

of the bulb.

It struck me that the images could show an old specimen of (for example) A.
or A. daucipes. Both of these lepidellas can show red-brown staining very much like that in the rubescent group of section Validae.

Peggy said the bulb was “enormous.” Such a bulb is more likely to fit Herbert’s first suggested determination than the second.

A 160 mm wide cap is very big for a specimen of rubescens var. alba, but well within the range of recorded cap sizes of both rhopalopus and daucipes.

Very best,


Do you recall the bulb’s shape?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-06-25 08:48:09 PDT (-0700)


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