When: 2008-10-10

Collection location: Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)

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By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
2008-12-08 13:58:30 PST (-0800)
I would love to see photos of one of these fully open…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-28 10:59:28 PDT (-0700)

…altho even in the button stage, they appear quite distinctive. Finding it would be a life-anita (you know, like birders have life lists) for me!

Rod tulloss is the MAN
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2008-10-10 13:28:03 PDT (-0700)

Thank you Rod for your quick response, you are a genius when it comes to Amanitas.

In current nomenclature this is a variety or subspecies of A. muscaria.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-10-10 13:06:05 PDT (-0700)

The question is which. If the cap gets redder with time and the specimens in the area of the collection consistently have rings of yellow volval material as this one does, the A. muscaria subsp. flavivolvata, would be a good guess. If the cap never gets redder, but instead fades or becomes peach-colored AND the volva is not commonly in rings as on the single specimen, then A. muscaria var. persicina might be a better choice. I don’t know if the two taxa occur mixed. The second is known to form mycorrhizae with pine. The former is known to form mycorrhizae with either oak or pine. I don’t think there is a third option given the geographic area, but one never knows…

Maybe a picture of mature material would help. A mature dried specimen would help quite a bit.

Very best,


By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2008-10-10 12:16:39 PDT (-0700)

I found this in a forest of pine/oak/other trees, but growing underneath pine.

Note rings around the stipe