When: 2006-08-16

Collection location: Monarch Pass, Colorado, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

Abundant and diverse mycota in response to drenching rains, following a several years in duration drought. According to the locals, it was the best collecting in forty years, or as I called it, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

FYI: Rocky Mountain Mycoblitz takes place this August in the National Park, a very rare opportunity to collect openly in that location, and contribute to scientific knowledge.
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Boletes for days. Amanita muscaria is an indicator species, occuring at the same time and associated with the same species of trees (Englemann Spruce).
Boletes for days. Amanita muscaria is an indicator species, occuring at the same time and associated with the same species of trees (Englemann Spruce).

Proposed Names

-13% (5)
Recognized by sight: Red-capped Rocky mountain version

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Brings back memories…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-03-05 12:47:09 CST (-0600)

of a heavenly sight for this easterner. Not that I don’t get my share of Kings here in PA. But in 2005 a Rocky Mountain friend of mine provided me with a few tips about time and elevation. I found a similar patch of these red beauties along the headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park. Quite a thrill.

it was published.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-03-05 12:12:55 CST (-0600)

name now valid.

Hey Rita
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-08-11 11:37:09 CDT (-0500)

We are actually having a great year here, now! I led a group of 5 for 4 hours on each of the last two days. Wonderful experience, and not without gems of our own:


Hey Martin
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-08-11 10:08:10 CDT (-0500)

this was a year for the ages … fungal explosion after several drought years. Noah bragged about collecting 40 pounds several years later … hell, we walked away from more than that!

And we weren’t there for the edulis anyway. EVERYTHING was popping. You didn’t even have to get up offa your knees to continue collecting. It was mind-blowing!

But not ALL years are like that.

Still haven’t heard word one about this nom. prov. If and when it gets published, I’d be glad to use it, where applicable. As I have said, this is certainly a macro-distinctive form, but maybe not the only member of the edulis group in CO?

Meanwhile, we are struggling to find moisture here in CA. Might have to come visit YOU in DC for my fungal fixes! :)

To see this
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-08-11 06:12:37 CDT (-0500)

would be heaven for an easterner! …and I just had a fantastic mushroom weekend.

why vote …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-08-10 11:27:24 CDT (-0500)

for a non-existant name?

it’s already up here as a possibility for future publication and validity..

who prov-ed the nom?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-08-10 10:55:15 CDT (-0500)

sure, this is a distinctive, red-capped form of what we have been calling edulis in CO, but let’s not jump the publication gun.

please link to a description of this purported new species. Significantly DNA different?

it is certainly macro-identifiable.