Observation 58207: Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas
When: 2010-09-17
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This is reminiscent of one of the things that….
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-07 12:25:40 CST (-0500)

has been called “excelsa var. alba sensu Dav. T. Jenkins.” It often has a very distorted bulb and sometimes grows in clusters with “malformed” bulbs as seen here. I have even found it (ONCE!) attached to a mass of underground tissue suggesting a sclerotium. This was YEARS and YEARS ago when I saw it at one site for two years running, but then never again. I remember seeing it at NEMF1984 (most of the forays were in central or southern New Jersey).

This isn’t A. abrupta because the bulb is not sufficiently abrupt and the partial veil is not bound to the stem by plentiful fibrils extending between the two surfaces. One of the reasons why this got called “excelsa var. alba sensu Dav. T. Jenkins” in the “old days” was that many of its characteristics suggest a species of sect. Validae as much as they do sect. Lepidella.

Unless this is an occasional, distorted form of something with a name, it has no name. Coker’s type collection of his “_spissa” var. _alba_" consists only of a spore print and some field notes. This makes whatever the taxon is extremely difficult to deal with.

Very best,


Added a couple more images
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2010-11-07 08:39:32 CST (-0500)

One shows them before I did any arranging. The other shows the top of the cap of the largest. Note that the base in the first image is not smashed or broken although it kind of looks like it. It was a pretty big bulb.

Odor not really distinctive…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2010-11-07 08:32:42 CST (-0500)

I’m sure I smelled it out of habit, but it wasn’t memorable. They were all pretty young. I was hoping that the distinct stipe with the bulbous, cleft foot might be enough for someone who really knows the eastern Amanita.

did you smell it?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-11-06 23:47:26 CST (-0500)

those eastern lepidellas are a challenge! but some have disctinctive odors…

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