When: 2009-12-04

Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Phalluscybe (phonehenge)

Specimen available

North of Albion, CA under Bishop Pine.
Eight mushrooms fruiting.


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oh good Hugh, you documented another phalloides pine symbiont on the West Coast…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-12-08 07:48:36 PST (-0800)

Sandi mentioned tan oak, or maybe she just mentioned finding it, and I assumed tanoak. Sure that there wasn’t a tan oak around? That is definitely the tree that it was found under last year in that same area…still, proof positive that these deadly suckers have switched hosts here on the west coast. There goes the neighborhood…

mushrooms are as variable in their individuality as people are…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-12-08 07:43:57 PST (-0800)

expect plenty of morphological differences, even within species.

Wondering about a Bay Area variant of A. Phalloides
By: Tom (LanLord)
2009-12-08 07:39:37 PST (-0800)

Here on the peninsula I have been finding two types of A. Phalloides. They look similar from above (although slightly less green than your example) but the base and volva show differences. Some are large and bulbous at the base with huge volvas (more like A. Ocreata) the others are “pinched” or constricted at the base with a more vertically sheathed volva. Am I seeing two variants or two different spieces?