Observation 66914: Amanita aprica group

When: 2011-05-03

Collection location: F lot Beach Trail, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

All characteristics of A. muscaria except for time of year. I have heard accounts of small fruitings appearing in the spring in a few older sources and this season has definitely been surprising me left and right, so it could be muscaria possibly. Not a Gem or aprica due to orange/red tinge in smaller specimens.

Fruiting beneath Douglas fir tree at edge of trail head near F lot parking lot.

Temp: (63 sunny) although weather has been in record low temps for the last month.

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another link
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2011-05-04 13:50:07 PDT (-0700)


Deb, we’re going to take the old site down sometime in the next year. So maybe an update of your link will become necessary. The new site has everything that the old one did and adds a technical tab to the page with a sporograph and other stuff.


Thanks for the link Debbie-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-05-04 11:27:50 PDT (-0700)

Nice illustrations and history of the taxonomy with this species. The first one I found was “apricot” colored as well and I never really knew all the little key features to it until Christian and Tim pointed out the warts adhering to the cap skin. After reading your BAMS page on the species I feel very familiar and well aware of its minor differences (and similarities) to both A.muscaria and A.Gemmatta. Thanks for the help >.<

aprica has been faking us out for years…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-05-04 08:55:50 PDT (-0700)

with a combination of characters that can easily be misinterpreted as both muscaria or gemmata.
check out the BAMS aprica page here: http://bayareamushrooms.org/mushroommonth/aprica.html

Sorry bout that Christian :(
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-05-03 23:52:20 PDT (-0700)

Apologies- didn’t notice the order of the messages… Many thanks to you too!

Thank Christian!
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-03 22:55:10 PDT (-0700)

He made me look closer at the observation….

By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-05-03 22:21:12 PDT (-0700)

in addition to these characteristics does point to aprica for sure. Thanks again for the help kind sir >.<

Those warts….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-03 22:06:54 PDT (-0700)

Look pretty embedded into that cap. It also has the ‘frosty’ A. aprica look.

By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-03 22:05:16 PDT (-0700)

Keep up the great work as well! Not too many of us databasing our wonderful state..

Warts seemed
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-05-03 22:00:05 PDT (-0700)

Ironed on- that’s a good point. I was definitely thrown off by the orange/red central tinge and remaining red underneath the skin when peeled. I will check back later tomorrow evening and do some testing of those warts for sure. Thanks Tim >.< Nice Pantherina pic today by the way!

By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-03 21:56:50 PDT (-0700)

Did you check to see if the warts came off easily? A. muscaria warts are easily removed without damaging the cap surface, whereas A. aprica has warts that are “ironed-on”. If you remove one it leaves a scar.

I’m not sure
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-05-03 21:53:26 PDT (-0700)

that an A. aprica group member is ruled out here

Could be, check this out:
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-03 21:51:16 PDT (-0700)

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