Observation 25895: Amanita ravenelii (Berk. & M.A. Curt.) Sacc.

found growing under Maple. This specimen is a little old. But very unusual. Has a very warty cap,swollen base. Vary rough looking. Looks a little like A Ravenlli could it be.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:07:39 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘West shore Boat ramp area Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area Fayette Co. West Virgnina’ to ‘Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA



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Recognized by sight
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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: In looking at the warts very closely (fourth pic is clearest for this purpose), I see that the faces of the pyramids are eroded in lines running from the apex of each triangular face to the base of that face. Around the base of the warts one can often see a radial pattern of fine, pallid “hairs” caused the dense hyphal layer in the base of the volva on the cap. These are good field indicators of A. ravenelii. Despite the age and (probably) decay of parts of the mushroom, the indicators mentioned above are clear and the shape of the fruiting body is very ravenlii-like. The bulb kicked-off to one side could also suggest A. rhopalopus (the club-footed Lepidella); however, the more disorganized volva of the latter produces a lumpier, nonstriate wart without a distinct wart-base layer dominated by hyphae. R.

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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-29 05:30:21 WIB (+0700)

Well, there’s a lot of dirt; and, as I mentioned, the fruiting body looks as though it were decaying. Amanita raveneleii certainly is not usually completely white…at least not for long. It picks up a number of tints including buff, yellowish, brownish, etc. Take a look at the range of color in the images on the Amanita Studies page for ravenelii.

Very best,


Is that brownish color also typical for ravenelii, Rod?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-09-29 04:10:58 WIB (+0700)
not sure if its a maple
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-09-28 23:09:14 WIB (+0700)

Iv only been in the East for a year. I don’t know all my trees yet. And there are a lot of different kinds of trees here in West Virginai, unlike California. but it was some sort of a Maple or some sort of Acer. Im sure it was not an Oak or conifer. this was on a clay embankment or should I say the shore of Plum Orchard lake. It is an area that is used a lot for fishing so the ground is somewhat compacted There are many Oak in the vicinity but they are 30 yards a way. This tree was about 30 feet from the fungi. I will have to go check it out again and see if I can get a positive ID on it. Ok take care Eddee

another tree?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-28 22:11:44 WIB (+0700)

There must have been trees other than Maple in the vicinity. Maple is not ectomycorrhizal.

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