Observation 62921: Amanita calyptroderma G.F. Atk. & V.G. Ballen

When: 2010-10-31

Collection location: Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, near Los Osos, San Luis Obispo Co., California, USA [Click for map]

35.304888° -120.813835°

Who: J-Dar

No specimen available

Under Quercus agrifolia in Rubus ursinus brambles. Arctostaphylos morroensis in vicinity.



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Public Description
By: J-Dar
2011-01-30 09:06:47 PST (-0800)

The public description for A. calyptroderma here on MO provides a good overview of the spring vs. fall variants, and the notes section at the bottom includes a good review of the naming history and issues. Thanks Christian for the name change vote, which forced me to look into the difference between the two names.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2011-01-29 22:46:15 PST (-0800)

The species pictured in my photo are Amanita daucipes, they’re not edible and grow to be rather large.


The flavor of Amanita jacksonii is wonderful on its own with a little bit of butter. The flavor is hard to describe, they’re meaty and taste how they look if that makes sense :)

But they’re also great with some fresh basil on them, it really brings out the flavor of the mushroom.

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By: J-Dar
2011-01-29 22:30:04 PST (-0800)

Thanks Weiliiiiii (did I get enough "i"s in the name?)
I have not dared to eat any Amanita’s. My curiosity is strong, but my will to live is stronger. Maybe some day…
Is that A. jacksonii in your photo? Very handsome shroom. How would you describe the flavor profile of the Amanita’s?

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2011-01-29 22:02:10 PST (-0800)

I have heard/read this one is rather delicious, do you collect them for the table?

Amanita jacksonii is one of my favorite edible fungi, and since they are similar I always ask others that make nice collections if they eat them.

Nice pictures!

I do not recommend people that are new to hunting Amanita mushrooms to start collecting this genus for the table***

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