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You’re certainly welcome, Lucy.
Thanks for the id and comment. Unfortunately I didn’t hold onto this one but I certainly will the next time I find one.
Free gills, partial veil, appendiculate cap margin (goop on the edge of the cap…to put it in technical terms), robust fruiting body in sandy soil, lack of pigment, association with a possible mycorrhizal symbiont, and…um…general gestalt… This species might be covered in Alec Wood’s Amanita monograph that largely focused on NSW.
At any rate, I suggest NOT eating this critter.
All of the A. E. Wood species are listed with brief descriptions and some commentary on the new Amanitaceae website. They are all listed in the directory page at this URL:
I would love to see these Australian amanitas in “the flesh”…
Lucy, the best contact for the lepidellas in Australia is Elaine Davison who lives across the continent from the Blue Mountains…in the Perth area. I’ll email her that this posting has been made.
On the chance that she can get back to you expeditiously, I suggest that you hold on to the mushroom and keep it cool (in a paper sack, not plastic) if you can. [Mushrooms tend to cook themselves into a soggy mess in plastic.]
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