When: 2007-08-15

Collection location: Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

Very beautiful Destroying Angel; I had never seen a pink one before.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:57:55 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Appalachian Trail, Mt. Rogers, VA,’ to ‘Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA’


Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Rod Tulloss and Bill Roody confirmed that bisporigera sometimes showed a pink center to cap.
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Recognized by sight: as per Rod’s prior discussion here, I agree that the basal volva is more in line with elliptosperma, a species not widely recognized back when this observation was made and its ID discussed at a NAMA foray. Is pink staining a feature on several eastern Destroying Angels? Pink caps can also be found in the western ocreata, so maybe so.

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a possible explanation for that odd volva…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-21 07:13:06 PDT (-0700)

this mushroom was collected on the 15th but not illustrated until the 17th. I have observed collapsing or post-pick flaring volvas on other amanitas that I have collected and stored. I always illustrate what I see, so my drawing here does NOT show how the mushroom looked in the field, just what it looked like after a bit of aging. the pink color was apparent and striking in the field, however.

the various folks (including Bill Roody, who has seen pink bisporigeras) who looked at this amanita at the NAMA foray at Pipestem (where I also illustrated it) thought it to be a bisporigera. But I don’t know if anyone scoped it or even dried it, for that matter. Probably not, since it wasn’t collected as part of the “official” NAMA foray.

By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-04-26 09:22:52 PDT (-0700)

The flaring volval limb and the shoulder on a not exactly subglobose bulb raise questions that cannot be answered. If the spores could be investigated, they might show that the species was A. elliptosperma.