Observation 23153: Amanita Pers.

When: 2009-07-13

Collection location: near Levisee Creek Rd., Fayette Co, West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Eddee (eddeeee)

No specimen available

This thing is is a very big Amanita. Its almost 12 in high as you can see that’s a 7 lb mushroom hunting Chihuahua standing next to it in the second pic, This fungi has an very foul smell to it hard to describe There where several of these in the area. The gills at first appear crowded but as the specimen gets older the gills become farther apart. The stem has a bulbous to it and is deep in the ground spore print is white.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:02:20 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Levisee Creek Road Area Fayette. Co West Virginia’ to ‘near Levisee Creek Rd., Fayette Co, West Virginia, USA


this is the underside of the gill

Proposed Names

-22% (3)
Recognized by sight: Very huge Amanita. Growing under Oak hemlock
Used references: Tulloss Amanita of the Smoke’s National park
62% (4)
Recognized by sight

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How about A. rhopalopus?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-07-16 06:30:52 PDT (-0700)

With the elongate bulb (having rounded base) that is “kicked off” to one side (“doglegged”), I’d put forward the guess that the specimen was A. rhoopalopus (“club foot”). However, it was pretty far gone when photographed. We’ll never know for sure. If you find it again, one difference between A. rhopalopus and A. ravenelii can be seen in the warts on their caps. I believe that this matter is discussed on the Amanita Studies web page for A. ravenelii…at least.


looks like
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-07-14 18:47:33 PDT (-0700)
onusta is NOT a huge mushroom!!!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-14 18:08:37 PDT (-0700)

your critter is certainly an amanita section lepidella. More material/photos would be nice.
Amanita daucipes is out now in the SE and has a similar bulb, but should show more pinkish-orange staining. We’ll have to wait for Rod to jump in on this one…lotsa leps out your way!

wrong observation
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-07-14 17:58:45 PDT (-0700)

Sorry i meant Observation #66 in Tuloss List of Amanita of the great smoky mountains national park.

Walt what s make you think its not A. Onusta
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-07-14 17:52:55 PDT (-0700)

Just wondering what makes you sure it is not A. Onusta Ret description somewhat fits it also there where about 6 of these guys with in a 13 foot radius or so. I know you can get different species in the same place growing together but look at Observation # 23162. This was only a distance of 3 feet from this one and it is also huge. I believe this is an older specimen. Look at R E Tulloss List of Amanita of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Observation # 75.

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