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Amanita muscaria var. alba.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

Amanita muscaria var alba Mushroom
Ref No: 7022
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location: North America
edibility: Poisonous/Suspect
fungus colour: White to cream
normal size: over 15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem, Volva on stem, Bulbous base of stem
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Amanita muscaria var. alba Pk. Cap 4-21cm across, convex to plane, sometimes with a slightly depressed disc and a faintly lined margin; white to silvery white; smooth, slightly sticky when moist, and dotted with small cottony patches or pointed warts of pale brown volval material which stick quite firmly to the cap and are often arranged in concentric rings. Gills free to adnexed, close, moderately broad; white to cream. Stem 50-140 x 7-20mm, stuffed, tapering slightly toward the top; white, turning yellowish when bruised; finely hairy or cottony above the ring, roughly hairy to scaly below; the pale cream or pale yellow drooping ring near the top of the stem soon collapses; the white oval to ball-shaped basal bulb has a rim of volval material at its top, with flaky, pale brown patches and rings on the lower stem. Flesh white, but yellowish beneath the cap cuticle. Spores broadly ellipsoid, nonamyloid, 7.9-14.1 x6.3-9.4. Deposit white. Habitat singly or in small groups on the ground in mixed coniferous and deciduous forests. Occasional. Found scattered throughout northern North America. Season August-September. Poisonous.

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John Haynes (United States) - 24 October 2011

Connecticut USA - 23 OCT 2011 - I found these in a field under an oak tree. In total there were about a dozen. The largest was over 25 cm diameter. It was amazing how fast it grew and then toppled over from its own weight. In all there were over a dozen growing and some more on the way pushing up through the soft ground. There are 5 pictures in total, select which you wish to publish.
Amanita muscaria var alba
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