Collection location: Knowland Park, Oakland, California, USA [Click for map]
Who: Tom Bruns (pogon)
This was under live oak at the edge of the canopy in the grassy meadow
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every velosa I have ever cut had a hollow stuffed stipe (and I cut lots, to eat ’em). most ocreata have a solid stipe, but often with discrete chambers; I have seen only a few with hollow stuffed stipes like velosas. even phalloides can have a hollow stipe, but only rarely.
still, when the edible amanita characters veer from the norm, caution is advised.
with that color, striate margin when young and a base more narrow than the cap, but the sectioned one is disturbing on two counts: it has a solid stipe context
(velosas are typically hollow and stuffed with pith or gel) and it has a rather bulbous base, NOT typical for velosa.
check the spores on that one: if inamyloid, then it’s a velosa; if amyloid, it’s trouble!
Could just be that ole variability, but I sure wouldn’t bet my life on the macro here!