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When: 2008-10-09

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Amanita cf. muscaria again. First six shots show what I found on the ninth, near a tiny little pine tree, probably a baby Pinus strobus. The seventh shows the pine and one of the amanitas is visible near it. Next two photos show no mushrooms, just habitat. This meadowy area has stands of jack pine that are rich in fungi — Tricholoma, Suillus, Amanita, and others. First of these shows some isolated jack pines. Second shows one each of Pinus banksiana and Pinus strobus. At least I think those are the species. Mushrooms sometimes grow within the drip lines of these trees, but especially in and near the larger stands of them.

Tenth photo shows an amanita in the same area on the fifteenth. It’s probably the same species, just fresher, and it looks to be A. muscaria var. guessowii or var. formosa. Eleventh shows the same mushroom two days later. The colors have faded dramatically! The same bent twig can be seen on top of the cap, though, confirming that it’s the exact same mushroom. The thing has also dried out. It’s well on its way to looking like the other ones did on the ninth.

The stem base clearly places these in section Amanita of the genus. Striking is the salmon color to the gills on the aged and dried specimens. Who says all Amanitas have white gills?

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I’m sure you understand the problem
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-03-22 19:25:52 CDT (-0400)

with answering a charge of uncorroborated hearsay with more uncorroborated hearsay (and veiled insults aimed at unspecified members of the site)…

As far as I am aware, Rod is merely very busy getting his new website built, and that’s why we have seen so little of him here lately.

Regardless, you have offered no evidence that you’ve been authorized to speak for him on matters taxonomical, so I hope you won’t mind if I take such statements with a grain of salt.

All I see
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-03-21 15:11:17 CDT (-0400)

is uncorroborated hearsay. Rod has an account on MO and is perfectly capable of speaking for himself. And nothing written there explains why you’ve just suddenly gone on this crusade now, and not two weeks ago or a month from now or some other time instead.

Does anyone know
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-03-21 01:42:20 CDT (-0400)

why Herbert Baker has suddenly gone on a crusade of voting against any identifications of Amanita amerimuscaria on this site?