Observation 269783: Amanita ocreata Peck

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Mixed hardwoods, mainly live oak and buckeye.

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Hi Randy
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-02-14 02:26:37 CST (+0800)

Don’t let color on the cap confuse you. Despite a cap color very much like our novinupta, the membranous, saccate universal veil puts the lie to that guess. Unlike many of the eastern Destroying Angels, ocreata often has color on its cap, from brown to pink to an orange very much like our fave edible sp. velosa! And, as you noticed, right now ocreata is out in abundance. Must be trying to compete with those out of control phalloides? What’s a deadly native amanita to do?

Red is a new color for an ocreata cap, tho. I wonder if it’s not somehow caused by all of the recent rains?

But, word on the street is that we probably have some cryptic species within our concept of ocreata. So I would waffle on the specific a bit until proven otherwise, and just call this Amanita section Phalloidea, which we know that it is, with the limited info here.

Specimen drying now.
By: Randy Longnecker (Randy L.)
2017-02-14 01:23:36 CST (+0800)

I’d be happy to send you half, Rod.

A. ocreata was certainly out yesterday, I have a couple observations I will post later. This specimen was much more robust and firm than the ocreata and the cap was noticeably red, from far away I assumed it was a bright colored Lactarius or Tricholoma.

That Noah would place this material in the Phalloideae
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2017-02-13 23:28:59 CST (+0800)

makes me even more curious to see what tale the genes will tell.

Very best,

Rod

The flaring limb of volval material with a distinctive limbus internus inside the …
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2017-02-13 21:50:02 CST (+0800)

larger limb is quite unusual in the Validae. Perhaps it is result of the large amount of rain that California has been getting. I would very much like the opportunity to study a part of your specimen.

Sincerely,

Rod Tulloss