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If you would be kind enough to contact me through MO’s email function, I’ll send you some material that I hope will be useful to you with regard to collecting and drying amanitas in general, but particularly the species (like foetidissima) of Amanita subsect. Vittadiniae, which are the very dickens to dry and keep dry.
I know about the odor. It persists ind ried material with the force of 1,000 camels in the courtyard (or more like 10,000 old mouse nets in in the garage).
What I am looking for is both a few slices of pileus plus stipe from mature, spore-bearing material and one or more young specimens, even “quite young” (because I want to see if the volva has a very thin, outer layer as does A. nauseosa).
There really is no harm if you were to send one of the other South African species of subsect. Vittadiniae, because I find them all of interest and would like to help work on more detailed descriptions of their anatomies, where needed.
Yes, I do encounter this quite frequently. It is not my most favorite mushroom to handle because of it’s strong , sickly sweet odour. The scales of this mushroom also tends to stick to my fingers while handling it and rain tends to wash off the scales on the cap making it difficult to recognize. I shall look around for a specimen for you.
Very, very interesting to see this posted.
I would certainly like to learn more about the morphology of this species and would be very interested in obtaining (as loan or gift) well-collected, well-dried, well-photographed material of A. foetidissima.
Glen, do you encounter this species frequently?
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