Notes: Saw many examples; a few included here. The cap colors on mature specimens were a bit more vivid than usual.
Meant to preserve the large one, but it disintegrated. Made a side dish out of the others. My wife and I have been eating this type for years, and we both rate it highly.
An interesting feature is that most of the ones found 8/21 had the volval sca buried fairly deeply. In the past, I have found this type mainly with volval sac ablove ground, or partiall buried. I suspect that the frequent soaking rainfall may have something to do with the fruit body forming a few inches underground. I’ve been noticing recent Grisettes (several color varieties) which also have buried sacs.
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That’s one reason why I mentioned the vivid colors on this post. I would call the cap centers on mine “reddish brown.” I really think mine are banningiana. Jacksonii, which shows very vivid red and is more robust, is quite rare around here.
I’ll return to the same area today or tomorrow to get a collection of these to preserve (and a bunch more B. nobilis, B. variipes, and X. seperans :-)
After I posted and named it A. banningiana Rod commented that banningiana never has a red disk (or reddish orange?) and he referred me to some other possibilities so I changed the name to Amanita sect Caesareae.
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