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Identified by sight.


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Tom Volk
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2014-03-07 20:35:01 CST (-0600)

describes the cap as honey colored and smooth and the stem as having a pointed or tapered base. See


At the risk
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-03-07 18:44:29 CST (-0600)

of belaboring the obvious, this does not look like Armillaria mellea.

From Baumgartner & Rizzo
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2014-03-07 11:23:34 CST (-0600)

Armillaria mellea is common in most regions of the state dominated by development, such as the Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay area, and Los Angeles.”

Baumgartner, K. & Rizzo, D.M., “Distribution of Armillaria species in California”, Mycologia, 93(5), 2001, pp. 821-830.

Do you have another name for this?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2014-03-07 11:17:44 CST (-0600)

This is a common species in Southern California that causes a huge amount of damage to over watered live oaks and many other trees in the Southern California gardens. My understanding from Tom Volk is that the material from urban Southern California that he tested was mated with classic Armillaria mellea (although somewhat unusually) so a new species was not created.