Observation 23368: Amanita rhopalopus Bas

When: 2009-07-20

Collection location: Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)

No specimen available



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I don’t think this is ravenelii…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-07-21 10:04:55 CDT (-0500)

The warts of this species are small and appear powdery…unlike the warts on A. ravenelii, but quite like the warts on both of the following: A. rhopalopus and A. species 9 (“magniradix Tulloss nom. prov.”). The latter has a distinct sterile margin projecting a couple of mm beyond the ends of the gills. The two species also can be segregated pretty well using spore size/shape. All three taxa (ravenelii, rhopalopus, and “species 9”) can be compared using the Great Smoky Mountains checklist on the Amanita Studies web site.

It looks like you have the base of the bulb on the specimen next to the water jug. Since I’ve never found a bottom to a bulb of “species 9” and since I don’t see a sterile margin on the pileus (but I’m not sure about this latter), I vote for rhopalopus.

Very best,


that sounds about right. chloride of lime is the “official” description for its smell…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-21 08:54:29 CDT (-0500)

it’s an interesting and complex fragrance, not found in our Western lepidellas. I got to smell it for the first time last summer at Highlands.

It’s right up there with the cedar and burnt sugar smell of Rod’s Amanita #5 (subcokeri)…a new fragrance sensation for the ladies! Daub a little lep behind your ear and you’re good to go!

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-07-20 21:59:51 CDT (-0500)

kinda sweet, but also like a pool (chlorine/chemicals)

not a bad odor at all though.

what did they smell like?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-20 21:53:48 CDT (-0500)

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