Collection location: Splashdam Pond, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]
Who: Dave W (Dave W)
I sent the dried specimen to Rod Tulloss, who confirmed the ID. Rod guessed that this grew in an area where blueberry bushes were abundant. That guess hit the bullseye! There’s also a lot of gray birch in this spot. The darkening on the stalk is the result of having held the shroom between thumb and forefinger while my wife drove us home.
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Skied down the trail yesterday and checked the trees nearby where the A. wellsii had been found. Lining the trail (grassy underneath the snow) and about 10-30 yards up from the trail almost every tree was a Gray Birch (Betula populifolia). The area was thick with these small trees (mostly between 10 and 20 feet high) before transitioning abruptly into a mixed hardwood forest (birch, maple, beech). There were a few very small conifers (3-5 feet)mixed in with the Gray Birch… hemlock I think, although I did not examine the needles. The other side of the trail is mainly bushy/shrubby with more of the Gray Birch mixed in. The Amanita was found on the trail side nearer to the thicket of Gray Birch.
You’re welcome Rod. Here’s a few more details pertaining to habitat (as well as I recall). Along a grassy trail elevated about 20-50 feet above a pond/wetlands with small birch trees, plenty of high-bush blueberries, lots of cranberry plants, and a few smallish coniferous trees. Actually, I’ll probably be there next weekend, as this is my favorite xx ski trail. I’ll check on the type of conifers.
It means a lot to me when people send me a beautiful specimen like this. So many thanks to Dave for giving me a shot at a truly unusual and beautiful species.