This was under live oak at the edge of the canopy in the grassy meadow


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isn’t life funny?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-04-10 16:27:20 PDT (-0700)

no absolutes.

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.

Hollow vs solid stipe
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-04-10 13:52:36 PDT (-0700)

I cut into a bunch of these and A. ocreata this spring, and I found that it is much less common for A. ocreata to have a hollow stipe than it is for A. velosa to have a solid stipe (which was pretty frequent).

the two buttons are unmistakeable velosa…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-04-10 13:42:08 PDT (-0700)

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!