Collection location: Long Hunter State Park, Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA [Click for map]
9cm mature cap diameter, group of 3 (mature, adolescent and button) growing on ground among oak and hickory trees. Amyloid, elliptical spores measuring 6.5-7 × 5-5.5 µ. Sweet, anise-like odor.
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An anise-like odor. Hmm.
Brian you may have opened a can of worms.
First, the odor: There are four species covered on the Studies in Amanitaceae web site with odor recorded as at least sometimes, at least faintly like anise. All four are known only from the eastern half of North America…as far as I know. Two are placed in section Lepidella sensu Bas:
No way you have either of the above.
Two are in section Validae:
Amanita spissa var. alba Coker (several people have given the same name to what are apparently different taxa) is very poorly known. The original (1917) description explicitly says the species is odorless. Unfortunately, there is no photograph of the species. (Coker’s glass plate photos are often superb, but in this case there is none.) The type is a spore print only. There is a very small drawing of a few spores.
Given this information you might have a pigmentless example of either of the known anise-odored Validae or you might have an unknown species or you might have a known white species with an odor that no one has previously reported.
Under the circumstances, some dried material could prove enlightening.
Amanita spissa var. alba Coker is not an accepted name on MO, so I guess we’ll leave it at Amanita sect. Validae for now (I changed from Lepidella on your advice). Something I left out of my original description was that these mushrooms had a very pleasant sweet anise-like odor. Does that tell you anything?
Sorry, I didn’t save any material for drying. I never do. If I find any more of these, however, I will get them to you.
Amanita spissa var. alba Coker (an illegitimate name and a species of which the type is only a spore print). This material could lead to some very interesting research. Was any material saved for drying?
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