Observation 48107: Amanita porphyria Alb. & Schwein.

When: 2010-07-04

Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Darvin DeShazer (darv)

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even more interesting than the name…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-07-05 15:01:32 CDT (-0400)

is the timing of this mushroom! gotta love CA coastal fogdrip! ;)
Darv, you must have a known patch of these, since you seem to collect them at this time on a regular basis over the years…

This is most definitely what we call porphyria here on the west coast. Whether it matches up with European porphyria genetics…that’s another story.

Lumping can be OK :-)
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-07-05 14:39:58 CDT (-0400)

But I was thinking that the true porphyria may have been introduced to California with plants from Europe (or forestry equipment or something like that). It could easily have happened, because it’s a very common species, at least in northern Europe. Like phalloides is supposed to have done (although it isn’t quite that common here)?

Real or not
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2010-07-05 13:42:39 CDT (-0400)

That’s the name we have used for a long time and there are lots of photos of the California material here on Mushroom Observer. I have no clue if it will hold up to the new DNA taxonomy. It seems like every mushroom is getting a new name and the plasticity in the morphology of the species concept is becoming narrow. Where have all the lumpers gone?

I see a resemblance
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-07-05 12:37:04 CDT (-0400)

but do you really have porphyria in California??

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