Amanitaville on the coast

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We found no less than 5 different species of Amanitas in the Central Oregon coast range near the Umqua river on Halloween day. Amazing specimens.  I am sorry that I was too excited to take many photos, but I have one and the rest from when I got home. The main cluster, and most exciting was underneath a big leaf maple, though Doug firs were nearby.  4 GIANtT mushrooms,  one with a stem of 12″ and cap of 8″,  were pushing through the moss and maple leaves on a glorious  fall day. I picked them all hoping they were A. calyptroderma, a species we had sampled at the Eugene club’s mushroom show.  I am not experienced in identifying the edible Amanitas and have been taught to avoid all of them.  As I learn, I have become more comfortable with the concept of trying Amanitas, but not finding and eating them myself.

I CAREFULLY dug up  each one getting all of the volva from the base which was mostly buried in the ground and wrapped them gently in wax paper.  As soon as I got home, I started to work on them with all the info and every book I could find.  I emailed my trusted identifiers with photos and descriptions and posted on PNW mushroom identification’s FB page.  From everything I learned, these are Amanita calyptroderma, though a darker brown version than usual.  No one would give me the green light on eating  them unless I drove to the valley for a hands-on ID.  I totally get that. Then they froze outside and their features have changed. If only I could find these often enough to get completely familiar and comfortable.  They are just too close to the deadly A. phalloides to make it worth the experiment.  Maybe next time.  More Amanitas later.

So  fresh  and perfect and I want it to be A. calyptroderma!

So fresh and perfect and I want it to be A. calyptroderma!

Long stem!

Long stem!

the many deep grooves along the cap (sulcate)  and thick volva at the base  and top are distinct features  of A. calyptroderma.

The many deep grooves along the cap edge (sulcate) and thick volva at the base and patched top are distinct features of A. calyptroderma. Unfortunately, the ring around the stem, partial veil, should be much sturdier, not disappearlng like these.

Stem is 12" long!

Stem is 12″ long!. Not white patches of volva stuck in the center of the cap. Large white patches in the middle of the cap are characteristics of several edible Amanitas

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