Observation 34101: Amanita muscaria (L.) Lam.

When: 2009-08-12

Collection location: Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia [Click for map]

Who: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)

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Very large and bright-red Fly Agarics fruiting in an abandoned Picea obovata nursery. These specimens are much larger and brighter than those growing in the surrounding native mixed birch (Betula pendula) and aspen (Populus tremula) forest.

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Gorgeous photos!
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-02-25 14:24:20 CST (-0600)

And I second Debbie’s enthusiasm for your input here MO. Thanks!

on A. phalloides distribution:
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-02-25 10:12:14 CST (-0600)

Hehe, this is one of the cases when Russia is an uncomfortable term to define a territory – too big! A. phalloides grows in some other parts of Russia and is a feared mushroom with a common name бледная поганка (бледная means pale, a deceptive epithet leading many people to believe that it’s white and not green, and поганка [po’ganka] denotes any kind of “bad” mushroom, поганый is an adjective meaning filthy, unclean, repulsive; the word is etymologically related to “pagan”). Haven’t seen A. verna or A. virosa here either, but in European parts of Russia both seem to be very common. We have a lot of A. pantherina here, though, and probably other species – I’m eager to find out which!

It’s just that it hasn’t been registered in South-Western Siberia up until now, at least not in official registries, probably because it’s not too fond or our broad-leaved trees. As I already mentioned, they’re mostly birch and aspen, with only a few isolated relic oak groves in SW Siberia, and obviously A. phalloides hasn’t yet been found there; the mushrooms from observation #33928 grew in a “model biotope” planted oak grove in the Central Siberian Botanical Gardens)

good theory.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-02-25 09:42:01 CST (-0600)

Since muscaria color is affected by both sun and rain, a protected environment would make for splendid specimens like yours! And good to hear that even in far away Russia, gals are suffering for their art…;)

I know that muscaria has traveled to many different countries on pine roots, but of course you already have native muscaria. guess it depends upon where those pines in your plantation originated!

YOU have introduced phalloides? So it is not native to Russia? I didn’t know that. Do you just have white destroying angels of various types? Any other colored amatoxin-containing amanitas in your area? So great to get first hand reports from Russia!

Thanks, Debbie :)
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-02-25 09:18:35 CST (-0600)

I have a feeling they might turn out to be the same species as the more modest ones under birch (siberian firs, Picea obovata, occur naturally in our region in the broad sense, just not in the direct vicinities of where I live – it’s mostly swampy steppe mixed with aspen&birch groves here and some relic pine forests along ancient glacial riverbeds).

I think that the dark thorny thicket those overgrown firs have turned into is simply a very favorable environment for A. muscaria, hence the color and size. Those firs protect their mushroom treasures well – after taking these pictures I looked as if I’d been in a fight with a bobcat :D Still it was worth it! (adding another trophy picture).

As for A. phalloides, it’s been a well-mannered guest here so far, fruiting very discreetly on a single 10×10 m spot under planted oaks, and oaks are a rarity here anyway.

beautiful photos. Tatiana!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-02-25 08:53:35 CST (-0600)

at least you have a non-deadly (and quite beautiful) introduced amanita in YOUR country! here in CA, we are stuck and covered with introduced AND invasive phalloides!

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