Observation 46447: Amanita farinacea (Cooke) Cleland & Cheel

When: 2010-06-08

Collection location: Boolara, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]

Who: karode13

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By: karode13
2010-06-11 04:46:23 CDT (-0400)

I do not. I currently don’t have a scope. I did however manage to get a spore print and it’s available to anyone if they want it to study. Unfortunately as I was drying the specimen it liquified.

These white Australian amanitas are impossible!
By: Elaine Davison (Elaine Davison)
2010-06-10 22:45:26 CDT (-0400)

Do you know whether it has clamps and the size of the spores?


Very interesting, Roy.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-06-08 16:51:21 CDT (-0400)

Interesting comment. Maybe Elaine has an oar to put in here.


This mushroom
By: Roy Halling (royh)
2010-06-08 16:34:43 CDT (-0400)

looks very different from the one (Obs. 44510) that I posted up as A. ananiceps. I believe the morphological entity shown here is not the same (it has also shown up on Fraser Island, but I do not have an image to display here). The stipe bulb of this entity lacks the volval warts and the pileus lacks the volval warts as well – this one is really farinose. Cool!!

Thanks very much for thinking of specimens for me…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-06-08 07:45:21 CDT (-0400)

Thank you very much for thinking of collecting material for me; it is always appreciated.

I didn’t request the farinacea/ananiceps material because I know that Dr. Elaine Davison (in the vicinity of Perth) is working on Australian taxa of sect. Lepidella, and I wouldn’t want to take a specimen out of the country that she might find useful to her work…especially because her work is very careful and thorough and, hence, is very important for the worldwide “quality level” of Amanita studies.

[Aside: There are still new taxa being published with inadequate descriptions that don’t allow the new taxa to be compared with existing taxa. I find this…um…frustrating.]

I have emailed Elaine about this observation.

Very best,


Thanks for the comments Rod
By: karode13
2010-06-08 00:04:13 CDT (-0400)

My opinion is they may be synonymous based on the descriptions but other than that I have no educated opinions. I haven’t come across any others that resemble this species so far.

I actually went up to find you a herbarium specimen of A. xanthocephala but couldn’t find any. I will keep looking for some though.

Both A. ananiceps and…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-06-07 23:48:55 CDT (-0400)

A. farinacea are illustrated as having a ring of volval material on or near the top of a radicating bulb. Some authors consider that the two names are synonyms. Do you have an opinion on that question? Nice pictures.

Very best,


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