When: 2010-02-18

Collection location: Oakland Hills, Oakland, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:02 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Oakland Hills, Alameda CO, California’ to ‘Oakland Hills, Oakland, California, USA’


note close cup of a volva.
mixed collection: two edible amanitas and one deadly, all under the same host tree.

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Recognized by sight: a white amanita that turns ruddy with age and handling. it has a pendulous, delicate annulus which also reddens, and white gills that redden. UV is soft and friable, and forms easily removed warts on the cap. stipe base is often a pointed bulb, similar to an Amanita franchetii sensu Thiers. this is another one of the edible amanitas, but not a good choice for beginning mushroomers.
It fruits at the same time as the deadly white Amanita ocreata, with which it often shares a thick, ponderous form as well as its live oak host.

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as Dr. Tulloss just pointed out on the BAMS list…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-02-20 13:40:51 EST (-0500)

another potential lookalike, at least while this mushroom is young and uncolored, would be one of the white lepidella species. again, collect many and observe well before you eat any, be 110 percent sure of your ID when it is for the table, and don’t eat what you don’t know!!!

also, several amanitas in the validae group have hemolytic toxins that are denatured by cooking, so IF you are an experienced hunter and want to try these for the table it is very important to cook them thoroughly.

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