Observation 82957: Amanita sect. Vaginatae sensu Zhu L. Yang
When: 2007-08-14
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: This specimen was collected by Nina Filippova in a forest fen standing on peat. There were some birches (Betula pubescens) nearby and some bog shrubs, too (Vaccinium spp. etc). The place was wet and swampy, with Sphagnum pads.

The mushroom obviously belongs to Amanita sect. Vaginatae but I’m at a loss with the id. It has a subviscid pinkish gray-brown pileus with a sulcate margin, well-spaced wide off-white lamellae, and very fragile, almost pulverulent volva with slightly pigmented inner surface.

I’m posting this observation together with my own observation 82959 of what seems to be the same species. I found my specimen in a very similar place – a forest bog with birches and sphagnum pads, which makes me believe it’s the typical habitat for this species (I’m tempted to think it’s the same species because it’s so unlike everything else that grows here from sect. Vaginatae and because these two finds share several peculiar features: growth in Sphagnum near Betula pubescens, very distant lamellae, pulverulent volva, and sulcate, pink-brown-gray pileus).

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