When: 2008-07-16

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

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

-30% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Jenkins, RET.
82% (1)
Recognized by sight: I’m pretty certain that this is what I haved called “species 5.” Pinkish staining is not a character of A. cokeri (see pic 16104); however it IS a character of the look-alike “sp. 5 (RET).” This species has smaller warts that are not as easily removed by weather as those of A. cokeri. It is often smaller than A. cokeri. Its spores are distinctly narrower than those of A. cokeri. It often has a strong odor that (to RET) smells like a mixture of cedarchest and burnt sugar; on the other hand, cokeri is odorless until it has aged quite a bit (then the odor is very unpleasant). The recurved scales of the bulb are very like those of A. cokeri as are the fibrils connecting the underside of the annulus to the stipe. Both species will occasionally have an individual fruiting body with a double annulus (2 annuli often joined at their margins). For example, see the New Jersey Pine Barrens checklist/picture book on the Amanita Studies site. R.
Used references: Amanita studies website

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Good going, Debbie.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-07-31 10:49:28 CDT (-0400)

Back at the turn of the 20th Century, a certain Mrs. Williams wrote a few articles about Amanita for the Asa Gray Journal. In one of the articles she lamented that every year it was necessary to learn the “big white” amanitas (lepidellas) over again. They were so hard to keep straight. I say, “Yo, Mrs. Williams!”

Amanita species 5 kept popping up…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-07-31 10:44:16 CDT (-0400)

…but these were not kept long enough for the distinctive cedar/brown sugar odor to arise. We did run into several Species (like Chanel) Number 5 at Highlands, and kept having to revise our cokeri names! Thanks for the further clues. Damn these difficult lepidellas anyway! I am struggling up that learning curve…