Collection location: Rockingham Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]
Who: pete (petepann)
Going to have to call A. pers. on this one. Though it does seem close to if not Amanita rhacopus. There is just not enough info out there to make the call. I can’t say anything negative about that, for my sample crumbled to pieces also.
This much I retained:
Cap 3.5 in across. Please note cap and veil remnant color from photo. Very distinct striations approx. 3 cm long.
Gills white, free, unequal, crowded.
Stem 8 in. long with her “skirt” around her ankles. (She a bad girl.)
Bulb not Amanita like. See photo.
Growing with Prevailing Birch but Oak and Pine also nearby.
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I hope to rectify this problem soon. Not going to get into the whole dilemma. Please trust that it is a work in progress. I have a list from you that still needs fulfilling.
just changed my opinion of what I’m looking at here.
It looks like there is a distinctly gray piece of volva and some white fragments as well near the base of the stem. This strongly suggests the group in sect. Vaginatae that has a graying, friable volval sack … the submembranacea group:
or the group in which the universal is even more friable and is left largely on the cap in graying or blackening warts: The common species of this group in the eastern U.S. is A. rhacopus (which is still called A. borealisorora on WAO).
I have never seen an orange capped species in this group; so I hope you dried this material and that you’d be willing to send me some of it.
Especially in these cases. Thats why I felt confident enough to refer everyone to the photos for color. Granted that I AM color blind and could not tell you exactly the exact color, I know when two colors are the same side by side.