Observation 7590: Amanita Pers.

When: 2008-05-24

Collection location: Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Lee (ihoff440)

Specimen available

I took a spore print my first one. it was white and on white paper but you could make out the gills. this is my first real Observation and I think it was a correct id!! just by luck someone else had a picture on here that looked identical.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:48 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Tobaccoville, forsyth Co, North Carolina, US’ to ‘Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA’


Proposed Names

-82% (4)
Used references: A Picture from this website taken by Jason. Under the North Carolina Observations
25% (3)
Recognized by sight: As Alan said, the stipe and the gills are wrong from Mycena. It looks to me like it might be an Amanita species given the striate margin and the apparently free-gills. However, I’d have to see the base of the stipe before putting that forward as proposed name.
-2% (5)
Recognized by sight: See my comments.
46% (2)
Recognized by sight
56% (1)
Recognized by sight

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Amanita inaurata?
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-05-30 12:56:16 CDT (-0400)

It is uncanny how much this resembles my poor tattered Mycena, but I have to agree with Alan. The gills look clearly free to me. I’d say it’s one of the brown Amanita we get tons of in the spring in NC. There’s one I’ve been calling A. inaurata that, when rain has washed off the patches on the cap, looks a lot like this. It has a striate margin and slight umbo, too. I’m concerned that the stem is wrong, though. Mine was white, clearly fleshy, and scurfy, though volval sac is often no more than a thickening at the bottom with a ring of scales. I was finding these throughout June according to my 2006 notes. Here’s one that looks close from July 6. Hope this helps.

I will do more research
By: Lee (ihoff440)
2008-05-30 10:14:59 CDT (-0400)

Thank you for your comments, I’m new at this.. the stem was white with an inverted ridge running up the length. It was growing in mostly pine needles and decaying leaves. the stem ran about an inch below the surface. it smelled mostly like a normal mushroom. it apeared to be kinda hollow in the middle of the stem. Hope that helps..

Jason’s Mycena
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-05-27 18:27:53 CDT (-0400)

I believe I found Jason’s observation that you compared your to. His is definitely a Mycena. However, note the small size, relatively wide-spaced gills. These are typical characteristics of Mycena.

Not Mycena
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-05-27 14:11:58 CDT (-0400)

The stem is too thick and the gills don’t look right for Mycena. It is hard to tell for sure without looking at the stem and knowing the substrate, but this looks more like Gymnopus or something closer to Collybia.