B.W. Freyburger freyburg at
Mon Nov 27 14:46:58 EST 2000

Your description is incomplete at best and seems to leave wild speculation
as the only response.  Without reference to the peculiar properties of the
base you describe and predominantly as a result of the douglas fir
association, have you considered Lepiota clypeolaria?  This is only a wild
speculative response which may only serve to show how little I grasp your
description of the mushroom in question.

<truffler1635 at> wrote in message
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> I've been having trouble keying out a rather common, probably inedible,
> but annoying fungus I come across on a regular basis.
> Habitat is full canopy Douglas fir plantation of about 20 years old.
> Soil is mostly soft, with leave and twig litter.
> Mushrooms are abundant, yellow-brown, resembling Amanitas except none
> have ever, to my knowledge, had any volval patches on top.And since they
> are well-protected from direct rainfall, I'd kind of expect them to have
> patches if they were Amanitas. OTOH, Amanita gemmata is a common, if not
> frequent mushrooms in the stand.
> The oddest thing about the mushroom is its distinctive base. _Always_ it
> has an abuptly widening at ground level: but only there. The stem above
> ground is the same diameter as far as I can tell from just above the base
> to the cap. Cap can be anything from 1.5 inches to 4 inches in diameter.
> The underground base looks like the bottom of a child's top, and is
> seldom more than an inch deeper than the soil surface, becoming pointed
> at the bottom.
> Any suggestions?
> Daniel B. Wheeler
> Sent via
> Before you buy.

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