Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]
Yellow warts, yellow on stem, yellow comes off on the hands … sure looks like A. flavoconia. After an eight-month dry spell, two different amanitas on the same day!
This one was in Zone 12 by the side of a path and next to a rotting log. The path exits onto a road only a few dozen meters away. The trees nearby include quaking aspen, jack pine, white pine, maple, birch, and possibly red pine. This is one of the areas with pink lady’s slipper orchids, which are also known for fungal associations.
A species of the parasitic Indian pipe plants has begun popping up in the Pit, along the Mile, and in other areas. Its presence correlates fairly well with the places where I’ve previously seen Amanita flavoconia and, even better, with the places where I’ve previously seen Cortinarius alboviolaceus. Likely it’s parasitizing one of these fungi, or perhaps the soon-to-be-ubiquitous red russulas that are found throughout the same areas and in other places besides.
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