When: 2017-02-15

Collection location: Poly Canyon, San Luis Obispo, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Stem2

No specimen available

Under live oak. Distinctive color, margin striate, no annulus, bag-like volva, stem tissue did not yellow in KOH.

Amanita experts: would you eat this mushroom based on this definition? I’m 99% certain of my ID but neither of these had the veil patch on the cap that A. velosa usually has (the white spots are insect boreholes). I’m fairly new to CA mushrooming and would appreciate your input.


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By: Stem2
2017-02-16 18:42:54 EST (-0500)

I had meant, was that sufficient to distinguish it from A. ocreata, which I know grows at the same time in the same habitat and often has an orange-tan cap.

Just remember that the stem not yellowing in KOH is true of some deadly…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2017-02-16 11:02:32 EST (-0500)

amanitas such as phalloides.

Very best,

Rod Tulloss