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Observation 8664: Amanita Pers.

I put a small tripod under this mushroom to show its gargantuan size. The caterpillar was a happy accident.

The mushroom had a very pungent smell reminiscent of turpentine.

I’m not too sure about the Latin moniker, but the flimsy veil which drops away when the cap fully opens makes me comfortable calling this mushroom Rag Veil Amanita.

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Proposed Names

-63% (3)
Used references: National Audubon Society Field guide to north American Mushrooms pg. 530
83% (1)
Recognized by sight: it’s from section lepidella, but is NOT cinereopannosa.

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bulbs and warts
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-08-04 18:27:05 PDT (-0700)

I think it would be a good idea to photograph the warts and the bulb (carefully extracted from the ground) when reporting an observation on Lepidellas. (Maybe it would always be a good idea.) At any rate, one needs all the clues that one can get. “One never knows, do one.” – old jazz record


Lepidella, si! Cinnereopannosa, no!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-04 07:30:21 PDT (-0700)

Your pretty lep does not have the cinnereopannosa characteristics that I have so recently learned…warts too discrete and regular, NOT dark gray. No heavily appendiculate margin. No dark gray pigment at lower stipe. It’s one of those darn confusing eastern leps; I’ll let Rod conjecture as to its real name. BTW, the Lincoff book, for all of its virtues, will NOT get you good IDs on most of those Eastern lepidellas. Try Rod’s Website, or see if you can pick up a copy of David Jenkins’ “Amanitas of North America.” No one book can do it all (although, indeed, it is the Lincoff book that I used to throw into my suitcase when I traveled East). After all, who the hell wants to lug the Arora book around when traveling? My suitcase is heavy enough! Besides, Arora is far more geared to Western species; here in CA, I don’t leave home w/out it!

And then, of course, sometimes there IS no good name for what you have in hand…