When: 2005-06-09

Collection location: Green Acres, Sierra Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

Notes:
Although I assumed that my illustration was pretty close to life-sized, I didn’t note that on the page. I do recall them being smaller than “normal” for our more familiar Sierran “albolutescens,” and Fred Stevens remarking at the time that he thought it was an unnamed species that had been seen before, and was recently published as A. stevensii. This took place at Desjardin’s SFSU Sierran Field Mushroom Class in 2005.

The fact of the pink gills when young as well as that bright chrome yellow cap with handling and its overall small size (altho maybe not smaller than 38 mm!) are making me lean towards stevensii vs moronii (new name for albolutescens).

R we confused yet??! Fred might have saved it, but I didn’t.

Images

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sketchbook page measures 8.5 × 5.5
mushrooms approximately life-sized.

Proposed Names

57% (1)
Recognized by sight: small yellowing Sierran Agaricus with pinkish gills during development. cap turned bright chrome yellow with drying/aging.
Used references: Fred Stevens at the time (he thought this was the “smaller sp.” similar to albolutescens.
Based on chemical features: pleasant odor.

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