Observation 64165: Amanita Pers.

When: 2011-03-07

Collection location: Canyon, Contra Costa Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: BakerSt10

No specimen available



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Recognized by sight: Growing with Knobcone pine

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I agree that this tiny amanita shares similarities with others collected locally.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-11 12:49:02 CST (-0600)

it was the color that was curious.

yes Christian, I see where the gills started to stick; I also see where they reach the cap edge and they are NOT close.

just think what we’ll be able to do with a decent specimen. ;)

if that green color was purely anomalous, well then, NBD, and we can move on to, ahem, greener pastures.

I think Noah’s
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-03-11 12:22:46 CST (-0600)

suggestion of the little yellow section Muscaria thing is probably correct.

Also, here’s a bit of rough, visual dendrochronology on the two main gill-clumps.


silly silly boy.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-11 12:02:19 CST (-0600)

it is a curious amanita, and the full story has not yet been told.

I will wait for better material, in both my amanitas and your humor attempts! ;)

A great discovery.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-03-11 11:31:26 CST (-0600)

You have discovered a new Amanita species with distant gills. Never seen before. Congratulations.

thank you
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-11 11:20:21 CST (-0600)

for posting that fine example of flattened mushy gills with age!

if you look carefully at BakerSt’s example however, you can see the individual gills where they meet up with the cap edge…and they are widely spaced, not flattened and mushy. Was it starting to go? Of course. And it was pretty much gone by the time I saw it days later, altho I could still get useful info from the fruit body, like size and volva texture.

But what caught our eye was the color…the rest was just looking hard for other differences…maybe real, maybe imagined.

a fresh specimen will tell the tale a whole lot better…if one shows up.

Thick-gilled Amanitas, but I like them.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-03-10 21:07:06 CST (-0600)

Here are some thick-gilled, distant to sub-distant gilled Amanitas for you. That’s how they look when they get under the weather.

The end result..

Just starting…

Compare on left and right… the beaten old and the fresh, crowded gills…

Old and in the Way!
By: BakerSt10
2011-03-08 19:29:46 CST (-0600)

As usual Christian your level of attention is correct. The mushroom did appear to be an older specimen. It did have a soft spot on the back side of the pileus photos. However it was solid to the touch and the color threw me. I’ll see if I can find it again tomorrow.

here at home…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-08 13:30:47 CST (-0600)

it’s all conjecture, but those gills are widely spaced and quite odd for an amanita, and the ones on the left side of the cap are not a bit rotten or stuck together to my eye. when gills collapse in a normal, aging amanita they don’t form larger discrete widely spaced gills..they just stick, flatten and turn to mush.

I’ll wait for BakerSt to give us his opinion on this curious find, since he was the only one to handle it and a rotten mushroom is pretty darned unmistakeable in hand. It’s general gestalt (other than the gills and color) reminds me of the aprica group amanita that we find in Cyn. and Huckleberry.

But darn it, we need the fruit body in hand!!! I knew there were cool fungi down the canyon at Cyn. yesterday when I was walking Huckleberry…I could smell them! ;)

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2011-03-08 13:06:45 CST (-0600)

It does look like it is water logged and beginning to rot. As Christian suggested, the gills are just sticking together.

was your mushroom rotten?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-08 11:07:02 CST (-0600)

the stipe looks perfectly solid. If that base doesn’t continue on rooting (which my mind created for me where it was cut off in the photo) then it could be section amanita. It would be super useful if you collected some of these really unusual fungi that you come across in your wanderings. Otherwise, we’re all just blowing hot air on these IDs.

I am not convinced that green color is “rot”, and those gills are decidedly weird.

But without the specimen in hand we’ll never know…

Old specimen
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-03-08 10:29:33 CST (-0600)

I think the gills are rotting and collapsed together, and the cap is probably suffering from a similar affliction.

UV on the cap makes me think Section Muscaria.

Color is true
By: BakerSt10
2011-03-08 09:15:03 CST (-0600)

Surprised me when I found it. Sorry did not collect it.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-07 21:48:40 CST (-0600)

if you didn’t already save it, can it still be saved?

looks like a lepidella but what a crazy green color on that cap. was the color true?

And those oddly forking widely spaced and thick gills.

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