Observation 212970: Amanita phalloides (Vaill. ex Fr.) Link

When: 2015-08-15

Collection location: Wharton State Forest, Burlington Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]

39.7402° -74.7212°

Who: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)

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A single specimen growing on a road bank under oaks. An Atsion Lake collection.

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Hey IG
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-09-01 09:44:14 CDT (-0500)

not every mystery can be solved!

Are you referring to the Pipe Stem NAMA? The best part of that foray was our room, that looked out over that wonderful, wooded bat-filled canyon. But the mushrooms? Not so much. That foray was a victim of the Curse of NAMA, i.e., no damn rain!

I was lucky to have gotten into the field with Coleman in her neck of the woods prior to that foray, or I wouldn’t have found any mushrooms at all!

The SE is a great place to collect, though … if the rains cooperate.

That is a truism for the entire country, these days.

Our western Destroying Angel also shows color on the cap: from brown to yellow to pink! I even found a really lovely pink-capped bisporigera with Coleman
along one stretch of the Appalachian trail.


Almost forgot…
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2015-08-31 21:48:54 CDT (-0500)

No, I won’t be at NAMA. Never considered going there to begin with as I disliked the 2007 NAMA that took place in the same general area. Besides, I heard it filled up super fast – the registration closed after a few days.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2015-08-31 21:36:58 CDT (-0500)

In all honesty I didn’t look for the “innate radial fibrils”. It was the first mushroom I clapped my eyes on that day and I was ready to move on.
Before picking it, I thought it was one of those Destroying Angels common to the Barrens. [Unlike the textbook A. bisporigera found elsewhere, those are note pure white – they typically have a tan or pinkish-tan disk. Their habit is much scrawnier, too. But they do react with KOH in the classic fashion, producing a bright yellow reaction.]
Once I picked it, the colors and the odor pointed to the Death Cap. It was growing under scrub oak; there might have been a pine tree nearby; both are native to the Coastal Plains.
I don’t know how it got there, but it’s not the only fungal mystery of the Pine Barrens. For example, I know of a couple of isolated matsutake spots in the Barrens. They grow under small clusters of garden variety Pitch Pines surrounded by pure sand that are no different from the hundreds of thousands of other pines in Wharton State Forest. Why those pines and how the mycelium happened to be introduced there in the first place is a riddle inside an enigma. :-)

The two locations…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-08-31 18:27:29 CDT (-0500)

where I have found phalloides locally (NE PA) each feature planted pine (not the typical native White Pine). One location also features planted oak. Each location is an ornamental lawn along a road.

A friend of mine has collected phalloides locally from a grown over coal-mine waste area. The associate here appears to be a 2 or 3 needle pine species.

can’t tell from photos …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-08-31 15:00:08 CDT (-0500)

did it have those innate radial fibrils in the cap?

indeed promiscuous, at least a dozen tree hosts have been described, but I thought that phalloides was restricted to planted landscape trees/pine plantations in the east. Was this a “foreign” oak?

I would hate to see it become an invasive MR species on your side of the continent, too. :(

Will we see you at NAMA this year?

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2015-08-31 12:04:06 CDT (-0500)

I didn’t test it with KOH. The outward morphology and the distinct odor were enough for me to make the ID. I have never collected the Death Cap at this location before, but I’ve encountered it in the Pine Barrens at least twice in the last few years. I don’t think it’s very common in NJ. I collected it very late in the season last year from under a linden tree – see obs 188196. The Death Cap is notoriously known for its “mycorrhizal promiscuity”. ;-)

did you KOH this puppy?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-08-31 09:13:50 CDT (-0500)

there are hints of phalloides, like that yellowish green PV. And of course color can get bleached from any amanita cap. Have you collected obvious examples of phalloides in this area before?

Certainly one of the Phalloideae, and probably phalloides. Has this example naturalized? I thought that your eastern introduced phalloides were more commonly found with pine?

Curious collection, at any rate.

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