Found a fairy ring in a lawn near a city park. Had the typical Lepidella smell and there were no obvious trees in the area. I’m not at all confident in the date. I just remember is was during the spring or early summer.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:20 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Pacific Palisades, CA’ to ‘Pacific Palisades, California, USA’

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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-04 22:26:14 CST (-0500)

The corrected link is

Or In Nathan’s post the %6120 could be just %20 (i.e., a blank character).


Added lat/long and switching to sp.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2010-11-04 21:50:40 CST (-0500)

Just in case anyone happens to be in the LA area near the Pacific Palisades some spring morning. I tried pasting in the URL for the Google Street Map view, but it doesn’t display right. However, this one at least gets you the satellite view:

If you then go into Street View and look up a bit, I now see what looks like a pine in the background that could have been the host. Google scares me sometimes! :-)

without even a photo…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-11-04 21:39:13 CST (-0500)

or dessicata, I think the best we can do for a grassland lepidella sighting is Amanita sp. section lepidella, with your notes on what you thought it might be, of course.

there are quite a few unnamed lepidella sp. in CA. why shouldn’t there be a non-mycorrhizal one, too? If indeed there were no potential host trees or shrubs around…

Update on identification…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2010-11-04 21:33:34 CST (-0500)

Looks like it should be: (fixed again based on Rod’s later comment)

Regarding the identification I’m pretty sure it wasn’t A. pruittii since I’ve collected that in northern CA. I don’t know A. subcaligata, but I remember it being essentially pure white with no “subpyramidal regions”. From the description on it sounds like that rules out A. subcaligata. Of course without a specimen I can’t substantiate any of it.

For illustrations…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-02 08:26:25 CST (-0500)
Outside the known range…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-07-09 10:16:28 CDT (-0400)

This is an interesting report. The locality is way outside the known range of A. thiersii (Gulf Coast states and Mississippi Valley states, apparently expanding rather rapidly into the plains states). There are several apparently (in several cases now definitely) nonmycorrhizal amanitas of the Pacific coastal states. Amanita subcaligata was described from southern California. Amanita pruittii (nom. prov.) (=Arora’s anonymous amanita) could well have a range extending southward from its known areas of occurrence (as far south as Santa Cruz). I hope you find it again, Nathan.