Ok, I’ve been told these are interesting. For the most part A. phalloides in CA has been seen with coastal live oak, although there have been rumors of being found under other hosts. I found A. phalloides in three places in the preserve this week, and two of spots were under live oak, where I have found them before. But the photos here are of the third spot, where I haven’t found them before. Here I found them under black oak, as you can see in the in situ photo, the cap is poking up under a layer of black oak leaves. This is an area of the park where live oak is rare, and other trees dominate, mostly C. bay and madrone in this area, with scattered black oak and valley oak. There was a live oak near by, a few trees over, but I paced it out and it was about 35 feet away. Which isn’t too far, but a bunch of C. bay and madrone were closer to this black oak. The A. phalloides here were scattered among the roots of the black oak, so make what you will of that.

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