Observation 71015: Amanita pelioma Bas

When: 2011-07-05

Collection location: Saleeby-Fischer YMCA, Rockwell, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)

No specimen available

At the base of a large Pinus virginiana.
It rained the night before.

The bugs got to this one so I did not collect it.


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Recognized by sight: This appeared (to me) to be the same as Observation (68682). The gill color is “cafe au lait” like in A. pelioma

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I don’t know.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2011-07-06 15:31:34 PDT (-0700)

Usually, I have found collections or been given collections that had the blue-green stain. It would be interesting to know if the color change is more probable under specific conditions. I have no ready answer.


By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-07-06 09:53:05 PDT (-0700)

Dr. Tulloss, are there variations of A. pelioma?
one bluing and one not?
Or has this idea yet to be studied?

I agree that the shape of the bulb is a good match for A. pelioma, (compared to the pictures on WAO)

I think you’re right about the ID.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2011-07-06 04:48:25 PDT (-0700)

So far as I know there are two alternatives in eastern North America when you find cafe au lait gills in an lepidella. The alternative with a powdery volva very much like that of A. cinereoconia in terms of texture is pelioma. The althernative with many well-formed little pyramidal warts is A. microlepis. The first type of volva seems to be what you have here. Also, the shape of the bulb is good for pelioma. I think that you found it again. Nice find. I can’t remember ever seeing it in New Jersey. I know of one collection from the Catskills in New York state.

Very best,