Notes: Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. This is the first time I have found a specimen like this in Florida. I am not at all sure what to call it. The closest thing I could think would be something in section Phalloideae, but…?
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5% or greater solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH) can sort out some of the remaining possibilities. Still there are a number of names proposed by Murrill that he applied to ellipsoid-spored taxa that we cannot sort out cleanly at the present time.
If the spores are subglobose to broadly ellipsoid, see Amanita bisporigera, which in the Spring ought to have plentiful two-spored basidia that look like they have rather large “rabbit ears.”
This old key may help a bit if you have a scope:
I’m sorry that it has not been moved to the new site. We have been overwhelmed with work and other things.
with a bit of a bulb, maybe something in section validae?
The mushroom was 5ish inches tall, with cap diameter 3.5ish inches. The stem base inside the sack was slightly swollen but not bulbous. The volval sack was shaped like a slightly less bulbous version of Amanita bisporigera.
And the shape of the bulb?
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