Observation 98777: Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas

When: 2011-11-03

Collection location: Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Hilary Hart (Hilary)

No specimen available

This is an older specimen so not in the best condition for identifying.

The annulus was still attached to the cap margin when I found it. It fell off when I moved some of the surrounding pine needles around.

It was growing inside of a bush, near many hardwoods and conifers.

The base didn’t strike me as particularly abrupt.

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Will do! :)
By: Hilary Hart (Hilary)
2012-07-02 19:50:08 PDT (-0700)
It might be just as well not to add to this observation.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-01 19:32:18 PDT (-0700)

Many amanitas can grow in very close proximity.

It might be just as well to start a new observation and make reference to this one if you think that is useful.


Yes, I agree.
By: Hilary Hart (Hilary)
2012-07-01 11:30:16 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for looking at it. A. polypyramis is an interesting possibility. If I find more in that spot I will add them.

I think that we may be frustrated by the age of the specimen. [edit]
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-01 11:12:35 PDT (-0700)

Even if you had retained the specimen and dried it, it would be very atypical in terms of things like spore size and shape. The gills are very frail and their microscopic anatomy tends to collapse and decay fairly rapidly when the mushroom is beyond maturity or drying in situ.

I suggest that you look for another lepidella with rings of well formed warts around the top of the bulb and the base of the stem above the bulb. I know that A. polypyramis is not uncommon, in Florida and it has rings of white warts around the top of the bulb. Since the year is just beginning, maybe you’ll be in luck and collect a lepidella with a similarly volva-decorated upper bulb.


By: Hilary Hart (Hilary)
2012-07-01 10:50:27 PDT (-0700)

I don’t have exact measurements, but I remember it being small to medium sized. My guess would be around 5-6 cm diameter, but this is just an estimate. The stipe was long compared to the cap, and thin. My guess is around 9-10cm long.

I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. I’ll add another picture of the stipe.

Do your remember how big this was?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-01 10:38:01 PDT (-0700)

Length of stem? Width of cap?


By: Hilary Hart (Hilary)
2012-07-01 07:33:57 PDT (-0700)

Yes, I didn’t finish uploading all the pictures of this one it seems. :) Coming right up. :)

We really need to see the bulb of amanitas…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-01 04:42:09 PDT (-0700)

in order to identify them from pictures. This is especially true of species in sect. Lepidella.

It looks like you get to some interesting places.


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