Observation 215183: Amanita pseudovolvata Tulloss nom. prov.
When: 2015-08-09
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Growing in mixed forest, including hemlock. No distinctive odor noted.


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Recognized by sight: Cap margin distinctly short-striate.

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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-09-05 05:07:55 PDT (-0700)

You might want to check the eastern North American options below.

Because of its long stem and large, often tubular volval sack, A.whetstoneae” can be eliminated in this case:

http://www.amanitaceae.org ?Amanita%20whetstoneae

Amanita volvata can be eliminated because it is more robust and has (at least at first) a densely floccose upper part of the stem:


Amanita peckiana is the only species in section Amidella that is known to (briefly) have a partial veil in youth, and I’ve already mentioned other reasons that it is unlikely to be the species illustrated here:


There are at least two (usually) smaller species of which yours may be one (as David W. has suggested). These may have a 50-50 chance of being separated by the naked eye or in photographs:



And at least one more narrow-spores species


In general, the species of sect. Amidella can be quite difficult to separate by macroscopic characters.

A study of the section using molecular characters has begun, but needs to progress in close association with expanding morphological knowledge. That is going to take time.

Very best,


Section Amidella
By: Pfiff Carey
2015-09-04 18:54:14 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for your info on A. peckiana and mention of other possibilities.

By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-09-04 04:56:37 PDT (-0700)

does not have darkening volval patches on the cap and the color changing reactions are very limited. The spores of peckiana are quite narrow compared to those of volvata, pseudovolvata, and dolichopus.

Very best,


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