Observation 80412: Amanita sect. Lepidella sensu Bas

When: 2011-09-26

Collection location: Umstead State Park, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Nimmo (barky)

No specimen available

A stunning, huge, symmetrical, amazing mushroom – the kind that can cast a spell and create young mushroom observers.

The entire mushroom was coated with powdery white universal veil remnants(?), as was the leaf litter immediately surrounding the mushroom. It looked as if it had recently exploded from the ground. Thick basal bulb. Powder, and very thin veil, very loosely attached, left a powdery residue on fingers and everything else.


Note: this specimen was found 100 yards away from the one depicted in all images above.

Proposed Names

-18% (4)
Recognized by sight: A. cokeri has certainly cast a spell on me, but I am not sure that this is one. And please realize that I am not an expert in this. But here is what I think of as A. cokeri.
the following were suggested to be A. daucipes by MO members:
27% (1)
Recognized by sight: Per Rod Tulloss’ comments elsewhere, I’m examining the powdery stirpes of Amanita sect. Lepidella: A. rhopalopus, A. chlorinosma, and A. longipes. A. rhopalopus seems the most similar to what I found. Unfortunately I didn’t dry it. Next time!

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: Nimmo (barky)
2011-11-01 20:35:20 CET (+0100)

I’m really enjoying finding out about these.

It does seem that such a physically prominent mushroom deserves a common name, if not a specific epithet. Here’s to the process!

Amanita polypyramis
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-11-01 16:26:36 CET (+0100)
What about A. polypyramis?
By: Nimmo (barky)
2011-11-01 03:36:23 CET (+0100)

Some people are posting photos of polypyramis that look a lot like this, can someone describe the qualities of that amanita?

A. pastinacapes? A. rapapes? ….A. armoracipes!!!
By: Nimmo (barky)
2011-10-24 20:36:04 CEST (+0200)

This IS a lot more like A. daucipes (carrot-foot) and it sure isn’t cokeri, thanks MLivezey. But Mykowalt, you’re right, it isn’t orangey at all.

What’s the latin for Parsnip-foot!? or Turnip-foot? haha…. i’m trying to think of a stark white bulbroot-vegetable.

oh OK – horseradish! I vote for A. armoracipes (horseradishfoot) if this (sect. Lepidella) is yet un-named. (Yes I know that’s not how it works…)

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-10-24 16:39:54 CEST (+0200)

A. cokeri is not powdery and A. daucipes usually has orange tones.

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