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I found this white speckled amanita type mushroom in longish grass and you can see in one of the photos it is growing with some little brown mushrooms. I was about the size of my hand (I am 11 and have a small hand) with little white speckles everywhere just like amanitas. I got some gill shots but no photos of the stem. It was long and white and when I saw the mushroom the stem was not attached the the cap… I am having trouble finding similar mushroom types. Any one have any ideas of what they might be?

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No chance at nailing an Amanita ID without information about the stalk (especially the base, which may be buried) or the presence/lack of partial veil/ring.

The lack of marginal striations on the cap combined with the warty universal veil deposits point toward section Validae. If the cap margin is actually striate, then I'd guess A. multisquamosa (section Amanita, subsection Panthareae). Recently on Mushroom Observer a similar Amanita which seems to belong in section Validae was observed in Florida.


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Like vitog says, A. multisquamosa is an eastern NA species.

Puddleduck, I don't understand your latest comment, "I am pretty sure you are right about Amanita multisquamosa." Are you saying that I had suggested this mushroom represents A. multisquamosa? What appears to be a lack of marginal striations along the edge of the cap indicates this mushroom is NOT the species multisquamosa. There are other similar species which occur in western NA. I don't know these types, but I'd guess that any of these "panther" type Amanitas would also have the marginal striations. So I'm guessing this mushroom is NOT an Amanita species from the subsection Panthereae. But sometimes marginal striations are not easily detectable in a photo. So I was wondering if you had checked for this trait. If there are no marginal striations, then this is POSSIBLY something from section Validae. As I had written to begin my first comment, more information is definitely needed in order to get a solid idea about the ID of this (or almost any) Amanita,

Also, the Amanita collected in Florida is probably a different species from the one seen here. It's a good idea to include the location within any post that asks for ID proposals.

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I've been looking at some photos of western NA collections of Amanitas similar to the Euro species A. pantherina. Although the cap margin is striate, this feature appears to be difficult to detect on mushrooms in the unopened button stage. So it's possible the one seen in the links above may be from subsection Pantherinae.

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