Public Description of Amanita muscaria var. persicina Dav.T. Jenkins

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Name: Amanita muscaria var. persicina Dav.T. Jenkins
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Taxonomic Classification:

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae

General Description:

Cap: 4 — 13 cm wide, hemispheric to convex when young, becoming plano-convex to plano-depressed in age, pinkish melon to peach-orange, sometimes pastel red towards the disc, slightly appendiculate, the volva is distributed over the cap as thin pale yellowish to pale tannish warts, otherwise smooth, subviscid, margin becomes slightly to moderately striate in age. Flesh white, does not stain when cut or injured.

Gills: Free, crowded, moderately broad, creamy with a pale pinkish tint, and with a very floccose edge, abruptly truncate.

Spores: White in deposit, ellipsoid to elongate, infrequently broadly ellipsoid, rarely cylindric, in amyloid, (8.0) 9.4 — 12.7 (18.0) x (5.5) 6.5 — 8.5 (11.1) µm.

Stipe: 4 — 10.5 cm long x 1 — 2 cm wide, more or less equal or narrowing upwards and slightly flaring at the apex, pale yellow in the superior region, tannish white below, densely stuffed with a pith, the ring is fragile, white above and yellowish below, poorly formed or absent, remnants of the universal veil on the basal bulb as concentric rings are fragile or absent.

Taste: Pleasant.

Odor: Pleasant.


Common in the southeast, from Texas to Georgia north to New Jersey.


Solitary or gregariously, it is mycorrhizal with conifers (Pine) and deciduous (Oak) trees, it is found often in the fall but sometimes in the spring.

Look Alikes:

Amanita parcivolvata


Commonly known as the “peach-colored fly agaric”

This species contains variable amounts of the neuroactive compounds ibotenic acid and muscimol, is also reported as a GI irritant.

Recent DNA evidence has shown Amanita muscaria var. persicina to be a distinct species from Amanita muscaria and it should receive its own species designation.

Description author: Erlon (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editors: R. E. Tulloss, Jason Hollinger

Created: 2009-08-13 16:13:16 CDT (-0400) by Erlon (Herbert Baker)
Last modified: 2012-07-25 18:05:56 CDT (-0400) by R. E. Tulloss (ret)
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