Observation 4175: Amanita abrupta Peck

When: 2004-07-19

Collection location: Asheville, Buncombe Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

This small white amanita was found right after the Ashville 2004 NAMA Foray so I was unable to get any help in iding. It’s still a mystery. The cap was about 2 cm across and the stem about 4cm X 0.35cm. Only managed to get a few spores which were smallish and almost globose. Yhe gills were fairly widely spaced.

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A. abrupta looks reasonable
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2007-09-23 13:47:11 CDT (-0400)
Thanks Rod. This little runt does seem to fit the description fairly well. In addition, according to your web page the stem also tends to “…faintly browning when handled”. My notes and the picture indicate that also. I’m going to go with a not so abrupt Amanita abrupta.
Maybe Amanita abrupta…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2007-09-23 08:43:33 CDT (-0400)

While the bulb is not nearly as abrupt as usual, the thick edged partial veil with fibers connecting the underside to the stipe, the proportionately large and pyramidal warts on the cap, what appear to be white pseudorhizae on the base of the bulb, and your report of nearly globose spores suggests Amanita abrupta. This is a species with a rather larger range in North America. It is one of the few lepidellas that have a history of being found in southern Canada.