Observation 16344: Amanita smithiana Bas

Specimen at UCSC Gilbert Lab.
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Copyright © 2009 Christian F. Schwarz

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the sharpness of your photo is poor, but the salient details are well-captured.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-01-16 20:09:41 IST (+0530)
the odor changes with age…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-01-16 20:07:18 IST (+0530)

the smell of rotting flesh is just that…decaying amanita protein. altho I scoffed at first, some of the younger specimens have either no smell or a spicy smell somewhat similar to the matsutake, which could be a deadly mistake if a forager went by smell alone. Kinda makes you understand how folks have mistaken the two mushrooms, esp. when they are young and undeveloped.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-01-16 10:21:36 IST (+0530)

Two specimens were growing together, and I decided to leave one growing; in doing so, I had to break the base of this specimen. But it was definitely rooting deeply.

With regards to the odor, it was just as you’ve described it on the A. smithiana threads here: rotting Amanita / rotting meat. Rather unpleasant.

nice specimen, Christian!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-01-16 06:25:40 IST (+0530)

guess that you left that long rooting base behind when you dug it up? any odor?