Collection location: Franklin Parker Preserve, Woodland Twp., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]
This mushroom was collected by J.N. Burghardt and displayed at NJMA’s fungus fest on Sunday, September 30. It was photoghraphed by me at the event. Unfortunately, the overall condition of the mushroom following 2 days of storage under less than perfect conditions leaves something to be desired. However, based on the gross morphology many species of common white Pine Barrens lepidellas could be crossed out from consideration.
Presumably, the specimen may still be in the hands of J.N.
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several of which I have found here in California.
however I agree with you, this amanita looks like its skin has been partially peeled off the stipe, rather than having a thin, appressed, membranous volva like these:
Rod, I did notice the “limbs”, too, but to me they looked more like peeling tissue rather than part of a sac. The first superficial glance at the stature of the mushroom immediately suggested a lepidella, so I didn’t really investigate the feature you pointed out. Other than this mushroom potentially having a volva, does this look like to you it could belong to section Phalloideae?
on the stipe base. Does this match your observation of the material while in hand?