Notes: This specimen seems to generally fit the descriptions. The spores were amyloid. The veil covering the gills looked like it would disintegrate rather than form a distinct annulus. The gills were of variable lengths and somewhat creamy, which seems to fit the Jenkins’ writeup.
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David Lewis does agree that it looks like A. cinereoconia. Apparently it is fairly common in the Big Thicket area, usually in the summer.
I finally got to check this guy for spores, but he wasn’t old enough to have made them. I’m pretty sure we have the right name. For the moment, this fellow is the only collection from Polk County for A. cinereoconia on www.amanitaceae.org. This coming weekend, David Lewis is making a presentation on how the amanitas are doing in the Big Thicket ATBI. His records go way back, so he is the man to say if a species is “new to the Texas list” or not.
Thanks for sending this specimen my way.
As I mentioned before, I particularly like the images, too.
Nice pictures, Ron. I agree with your determination, too.
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