along median strip of fast moving, truck heavy Hwy. 10, in open sandly areas near mequite, under hot, harsh, dry conditions, but following monsoons.

Collected and documented by Bob Chapman.

Species Lists


SAZ06, fresh in field.jpg
fresh fbs extracted. friable UV already gone from stipe.
SAZ06, dried.jpg
fresh, but quickly drying.
SAZ06, dried w:scale.jpg
grouping with color chart and scale
SAZ06, in situ.jpg
in situ.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: a small whitish non-MR amanita growing in extreme conditions.
Based on chemical features: funky “lepidella” odor (Chapman)

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this has all of the hallmarks of an amanita to my eye.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-03-19 08:35:13 PDT (-0700)

Like many of the Lepidellas, this has a flocculent UV that readily disappears, only visible in one of the photos, and gone by the time these hit Bob’s lab!

Appendiculate margin, membranous PV, a rooting base and extremely xeric habitat all indicate one the the non-MR Leps. But I will stick it under a scope prior to sending it off for DNA.

How does one…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2018-03-09 05:34:14 PST (-0800)

eliminate the possibility of Leucoagaricus/Chlorophyllum/Echinoderma? There appears to be little if any basal volva. Maybe spore morphology? I think Meltzer’s would do the trick here.