Observation 59090: Amanita citrina sensu auct. amer.

When: 2010-11-17

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

Who: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)

No specimen available

Found scattered, growing from soil, in predominantly Pine forest.

Pileus is creamy yellow with white patches of universal veil remains.

Lamellae are close, white, and slightly attached to almost free.

Stipe is white with the superior portion covered by the partial veil which is yellowish in color.
Bulbous base


Copyright © 2010 Matt
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By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-18 17:29:39 -05 (-0500)


Very best,


By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2010-11-18 13:40:25 -05 (-0500)

I’ll keep that in mind and keep an eye out for this.

Once again, thanks for the knowledge.

By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-18 13:29:24 -05 (-0500)

Couldn’t resist the summary. In my experience, you’re most likely to see the lavender color after a very cold night or during very cold weather (like a couple of degrees above freezing). I’ve mentioned previously that during the extremely cold Northeast Mycological Foray in October 2009 on Cape Cod, it was raining and about 1+ degrees C; and we had some A. citrina f. lavendula come in that had totally amethyst caps. Man, I hope somebody got a picture that shows what the eye saw. Lavender is doggone devilish to photograph.

There is a discussion of using photoshop to saturate the magenta component in a photograph of a “lavenderized” specimen of citrina f. lavendula here:


Very best,


By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2010-11-18 13:13:25 -05 (-0500)

Hey, thanks a lot!

There was no lavender staining (to my knowledge) that I saw.

Whenever I come across another one of these I’ll take some close up pictures and provide a better description.

Thanks for the knowledge!

By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2010-11-17 22:06:51 -05 (-0500)

Occasionally, in the NJ Pine Barrens we get specimens of a citrinoid taxon with a proportionately extra-large bulb as is shown in your photographs. A pale cap in NC would suggest Amanita citrina f. lavendula. But this taxon can be difficult to be sure about from a photograph unless there is distinct lavender to amethyst staining.


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