Observation 15214: Lepiota (Pers.) Gray

When: 2008-05-11

Collection location: Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

No specimen available

This interesting species was found under Podocarpus totara and Leptospermum scoparium at the beginning of winter.


Copyright © 2008 Michael
Copyright © 2008 Michael
Copyright © 2007 Michael
It seems that these have a slight red staining reaction.
Copyright © 2007 Michael
It seems that these have a slight red staining reaction.
Copyright © 2007 Michael
It seems that these have a slight red staining reaction.

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Well, that is an interesting watercolor by Taylor.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-12-11 22:54:03 CST (-0500)

Looks like you may have lit on a good possibility…and an opportunity to do some work on a name for the mushroom.

It looks like you could check for dextrinoid (=pseudoamyloid) spores with a certain size and shape if you found the beast again.


By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-12-11 20:17:59 CST (-0500)

I believe the species described by G.M. Taylor at this link is the same species.

Thanks Alan,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-11-04 03:02:58 CST (-0500)

..for reminding me of this find, I have searched the area where I first found these for the last two years but it hasn’t appeared again, hopefully next season it will appear again!

yeah, you’re right about the annulus in lepiota, but I’m grasping at straws here…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-13 10:39:19 CST (-0500)

if you have scope access, and collect this again, a thin gill section should give you clues as to genus…amanita has divergent gill trama. I’m not sure what the heck this is, tho, other than way cool…save some, dry some, if you can.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2008-12-12 19:38:29 CST (-0500)

This was my other guess, but don’t Lepiota species have a distinct partial veil?

could this actually be a lepiota of some kind?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-12 19:35:24 CST (-0500)
Bulb and volva,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2008-12-12 19:30:59 CST (-0500)

Hi Rod, I have added some images that I hope show a bit more detail,
I wasn’t really sure about the genus but could not find anything else.
Are there any species in sect. Lepidella that lack a partial veil?

wow, “hairy” lepidellas? who knew?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-12 11:01:11 CST (-0500)

it’s a whole nuther world there down under…

Bulb and volva?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-12-12 09:02:52 CST (-0500)

What were the bulb and volva like? What was your reason for deciding on Amanita as the genus? The hairy patterning on the cap might be possible in Amanita sect. Lepidella, but would be VERY unusual in other parts of the genus.

In Amanita, the base of the stem is very revealing. If you could photograph the stipe base as clearly as possible, you will get a gain in the ability to determine species from photographs.

Very best,