Observation 20785: Amanita Pers.

This single specimen was found growing from the forest floor in an open area. There was a considerable amount of wet leaf litter on the forest floor. I placed the specimen on a nearby stump because the area was a moving mass of leeches.
I thought the ring or what there was of it was unusual. The fungi had a mauve to bluish colour through the cap and stipe. The 2nd image is not sharp as the tripod moved during exposure, but I have included it.
The cap was dry and 4cm across. The gills also felt dry as well as the stipe which was rather long at 8.5cm.


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Rod T.

Not sure about the shape on the stipe,that you have referred to. Unfortunatly as you know, depth of field is always limited to mm’s. That particular area is not in focus. I should have taken another shot of the base. I usually do, but slipped up this time. You are probably correct with your assumption, volva fragment.

After checking Australian spp. of sect. Amanita…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-05-02 13:37:53 EDT (-0400)

My impression is that this species may not have been described. I would very much like to be corrected if someone has evidence otherwise.

Very best,


A species of Amanita sect. Amanita or Amanita sect. Caesareae
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-05-02 13:09:55 EDT (-0400)

Hi, Ian,

Really interesting critter! Is that a bulb with bits of volval material on it or is it a small sac on the base of a bulbless stipe? I think it’s probably the former, but I’m not sure… There is no species of sect. Caesareae with such a slender appearance and dark cap in the Australian checklist on the Amanita Studies web site (your photograph encouraged me to update that document this a.m.). I’m now pursuing the possibility of the specimen belonging to a species described in sect. Amanita.


Wow Ian, there are not a lot of blue (true or-ish) amanitas out there…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-01 22:59:37 EDT (-0400)

Your cap close-up almost shows a blue cast to the warts!
close, friable (easily broken up or removed) cup for a volva?

I’ll let Rod conjecture further as to section, or species…

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