When: 2008-08-05

Collection location: Babcock State Park, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

OK Amanita peeps – What is this thing?

These large stinky Lepidellas are popping up all over Appalachia right now in mixed deciduous forests. They are probably associated with oak.

Brownish warts on bulb and cap, large size (bigger than any other mushroom out there), distinctive chemical odor, dumbell shaped pins, and an fragile annulus which falls away while still intact are characteristic. These are very common in Ohio and West Virginia right now.

I generally try not to disturb the mushrooms I photograph, so I didn’t dig them up. Hopefully there will be enough detail to take a stab at an ID.


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Sure, it’s disturbance, but…dry some!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-09 11:37:50 CDT (-0400)

That is the only way that we can put names on these lepidellas…gorgeous, BTW.

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-08-09 10:26:59 CDT (-0400)

There is always a possibility that it could be a different species, but I think 98% they are the same. They were all growing on the same little hill top. I checked out your site on Lepidellas; no wonder Arora calls them “Anonymous Amanitas” Haha :)

16689 different sp.?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-08-09 10:09:04 CDT (-0400)

Is it possible that image 16689 shows a different species from the other pics?

These are undoubtedly lepidellas. Photos of bulbs and close-up shots of warts would really help in diagnosing lepidellas from photos. Otherwise, they are just another beautiful mystery of life. :-)