Observation 23156: Amanita hesleri Bas

When: 2009-07-13

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

Who: Eddee (eddeeee)

Specimen available

Found on the side of the creek bank growing under Luaral and Eastern Hemlock. The spore print is white. This seems similar to A. Tephrea R. E. T. Observation # 75. but it is mush smaller and has even Vail remnants around its outer edge. There is more like scales on the stem. The Gills seems not as close as other similar species. I have dried a specimen and is in my own personal Herbarium

[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


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Proposed Names

47% (2)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: Found growing on the bank of Levisee creek/ Under Luarl Eastern Hemlock.
Used references: R E Tulloss List of Amanita’s Of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Observ. # 60

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Amanita hesleri??
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-07-16 06:16:52 PDT (-0700)

OK. I’ll bite…but not the mushroom. Eddee, if you’d like, I’ll be glad to take a look at the dried material. Amanita hesleri is a member of Amanita [sect. Lepidella] subsect. Vittadiniae. The latter includes the extant species of Amanita that can be viewed as “closest” to the hypothetical ancestor of the entire genus. One character that reveals membership in this subsection quickly is the fact that the inflated cells of the volva on the cap are shaped like sausages and are in chains. I’m not sure if you have A. hesleri, but if you do, it is not a common find in your area.

As I mentioned in a comment the other day, A. tephrea has a more evenly distributed, floccose, universal veil on the pileus. Bas placed tephrea in the same stirps with A. chlorinosma because (among other things) of the similarity of their universal veils.

Very best,


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