When: 2010-02-15

Collection location: Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Alameda Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available


ovipositing flies caught in the act!
hopeful mama to future mushroom maggots…
note exannulate stipe, loose volval sac along totally elongating stipe.
note apricot staining.
even the volval patch stained apricot on this one!
a perfect young velosa, just starting to hatch from its universal veil egg.
sometimes part of the volva is carried up the stipe during developement.
what’s wrong with this picture???
ridiculously narrowed stipe apex makes this morph maladaptive…so it’s outta the gene pool and into the fry pan!
warted velosa button. velosa don’t HAVE warts…except when they do.

Proposed Names

86% (1)
Recognized by sight: under coast live oak; pale apricot colored cap, striations, white patch of universal veil, exannulate, totally elongating stipe (no bulb), inner surface of volva stained apricot, pleasant odor of shellfish (it drew those flies like kitties to catnip!), sweet and nutty taste when fried in butter (but ONLY after 110% surety in ID!!!). See the BAMS MoM webpage for more info:

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By: Tom (LanLord)
2010-02-16 13:15:53 -05 (-0500)

Certainly one of the most attractive of mushrooms. Something about a nice big Amanita.

I can’t wait til they start popping up in my local haunts.

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