Observation 15463: Amanita smithiana Bas

When: 2008-12-13

Collection location: Plumas Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

When my husband handed me a heavy bag with this large white mushroom, I at first thought that it might be a matsie, as it had an oddly spicy scent. that would have been a bad mistake!
Smithiana is a highly toxic amanita that produces very serious toxins that attack the kidneys; despite its reputation as a “deadly”
mushroom tho, I could find NO evidence of its ever having caused a death.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:41 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Plumas CO, CA’ to ‘Plumas Co., California, USA’


this was a BIG mushroom; elephant added for size comparison, as well as prop.
note the reduced, flocculent annulus, often lost.
although this like all lepidellas starts with a flocculent and warted universal veil, that veil is highly friable. this species often ages into a glabrous cap, which is starting to occur in this example.

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Recognized by sight: this fruit body was already cut and lying in the field; long rooting base absent, but ID still possible.

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