When: 2008-03-02

Collection location: Oakland Hills, Oakland, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

This other springtime amanita, the “Western Blusher,” comes in two forms: fat and robust, and slender and delicate.
It always reddens with age/handling/and insect activity, regardless of whether it is fat or thin.
Normally occurs under coast live oak, mid-winter through spring. One very early novinupta appeared at the MSSF Fungus Fair last December, where it was misidentified as a cokeri (which, according to Rod Tulloss, does not occur here).


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