When: 2008-11-12

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)

No specimen available

Growing in grassy knoll near pine

Proposed Names

27% (3)
Recognized by sight
64% (3)
Recognized by sight: To make a more confident id, one would need to see the underside and volva more clearly, but based on the location and looks…Amanita pachycolea looks pretty safe.
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: small size, brown cap. lacks prominant umbo.
59% (2)
Recognized by sight: a member of section vaginatae fer sure.

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no vaginata in North America!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-18 16:16:27 CET (+0100)

…and the ones that we call vaginata group for lack of a better name are mostly gray, not brown. This mushroom could also be a constricta…you can’t ID amanitas to sp. w/out digging them up (well, maybe not the case for muscaria…)! Pachycolea has a very thick volva that extends well up the stipe and often stains orange-red; constricta has a pinched and flaring volva.
Both are common at SP.

A. pachycolea or A. vaginata
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-11-17 19:45:23 CET (+0100)

Without complete volva, difficult to say with certainty.