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I went out later in the evening that same day to look at this button and it wasn’t there. I suppose an animal got it in the relatively short time. I try to follow progress but I’ve learned that some of the time it won’t be there the next day. This time it was the same day. Go figure. Thanks for the information.
Buttons of amanitas can often be expanded (at least a little) in a paper (or other) cup. Take several paper towels and get them damp (wet through, but not ringing wet). Place a ball of paper towels in the bottom of the cup or glass so that the cap will have a chance of getting above the top of the cup/glass and expanding unfettered. Wrap the bulb of the button (or the base of the stem if there is no bulb) with the damp paper towels folding the towels first to make a band with a width about the height of the bulb (or exposed part of the stem if there is no bulb), and use this band for wrapping the bulb. Repeat the bulb wrapping sufficiently so that there is enough paper so that the thickness of the paper will keep the button upright in the cup/glass. Put a tent of waxpaper over the entire structure. Leave overnight. If left too long mold will begin to grow on the damp paper towels and the mushroom. This is a useful technique for getting spores to mature on a specimen from which you cannot get a spore printing because of its “youth”. It is also useful for seeing a young mature stage of a specimen in hopes of getting some macroscopic clues to its identity.
Created: 2010-08-20 01:11:43 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2010-08-20 02:52:46 PDT (-0700)
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