Observation 99341: Amanita canescens Dav. T. Jenkins

When: 2012-06-20

Collection location: Big Thicket, Tyler Co., Texas, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

This was found in the northern portion of the Turkey Creek Unit. I believe pines were dominant in this particular area but hardwoods are usually present.
There were a couple of other similar specimens nearby but were older and not in good condition.
Cap was 12.3 cm across and stem 15 X ~ 2.4 cm.
Spores were white and amyloid.
Spores were ~ 7.5-9.1(9.8) X 5.2-6.1(6.8) microns. Q(ave.) = 1.49.
Did not detect a strong odor.
There did seem to be friable remnants of an annulus but did not see any on the cap margin. They were mature so I’m just tentatively putting them in section Validae.
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The annulus is large, but falls away easily (one of the reasons for placing canescens
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-06 22:18:35 CDT (-0400)

in section Lepidella rather than in the Validae). It’s a nice looking specimen, Ron.

And it’s not yet in the Texas and Gulf Coast checklist, although it was originally described from northern Alabama.


Pale orange volval material on the lower stipe, yellowing fibrils… [edit]
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2012-07-06 22:17:08 CDT (-0400)

on the stipe, brown in the center of an otherwise white pileus, a certain ambivalence over whether placement is better in Validae or in Lepidella strongly suggests Amanita canescens, which appears to have a rather broad range (Gulf Coast to at least Connecticut). I think that name could apply here…although the spores are on the short side (width is OK).


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