Collection location: Kundabung, New South Wales, Australia [Click for map]
This also was growing on our property close to eucalypts and surfaced after rain.
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about smell in Oz…more than 90% of the fungi I found in Australia didn’t have a particular smell to them. Most just smelled “sandy” or mouldy or simply just like the habitat they grow in :)
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I attempted to move the 2nd image (reuse) and thought it was in the new file. Then deleted the image from the old file. When I went back to the new file, Kazaam, no image. Worse still cant find the image in my achives. Ggrrrrrrr.
but other than a handsome, young white lepidella, I couldn’t tell you what species of amanita this is. I have never actually been to OZ, altho my knowledge of its amanitas has increased exponentially since you started posting to MO!
i’m pretty sure what it isn’t, tho…cinereoannulusa, which should have a gray not white veil.
here’s more info on that one on Rod’s site:
let it fully grow up, and then harvest it to dry…the only way for someone to maybe someday put a name on it.
New image added from photoshoot 22/03/2009 Debbie V you may be able to assist. I think this is in your arena of expertise.
I forgot about the Stinkhorns. They are really on the Nose. I have an interesting one to post that I photographed this season. Took me hours to get the smell of my hands.
…some of these lepidellas, on the East coast of North America, at least, smell like chlorine!
And odors can range widely. There is no such thing as a “mushroomy” odor per se, any more than there is a single smell for “vegetables”, altho we do associate the smell of cultivated Agaricus bisporus as our baseline “mushroom” odor reference. Wild Agaricus species can range from “mushroomy” to almondy to foully phenolic! Other mushroom odors: maple sugar, maraschino cherries, anise, semen, cucumbers, fish, tar, rotten meat…the list goes on and on, and some of these odors can be subjective, as well some noses simply lack receptors for some of these odors. Still and all, scent is a useful attribute for ID.
Keep sniffin’, and you’ll see what I mean…
I have been checking out recently everything I see, even if I dont use it as an image. Strangely the majority of shrooms that I have checked out only have a very slight mushroom odour even when broben and rubbed between my fingers. I did find a darker specimen that smelt like cooked mushroom (really strong odour) but so far that’s about the limit. Maybe the specimens I have so far checked out are not mature enough. Anyhow I’m still in there sniffing, but havent got desperate enough to start nibbling. We seem to have too many nasty types that are common.
While you are digging up all of these mushrooms for their full-body portraits, you might also want to pass them under your nose…odor can also be a key to ID.
But as Rod said, some of these things haven’t even been named yet, and those darned lepidellas are particularly pernicious about giving up their identities…even for us folks on this side of the world, with mushroom in hand! Still, great to see your images. Keep up the good work.