Can any of the readers identify the species?
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I can't regognise it, but you might find it on Tom Volk's page. And if not, I'm sure you'll find something else interesting: it's a fun site to browse when bored. There's even some smut.
Is this Amanita Muscaria , by any chance? The page says, that
Although the characteristic white warts are usually present, they may be washed away after a heavy rain.
If it is, you might want to be careful about eating it.
Off topic, but if you haven't seen http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/fff.htm
check it out (via http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/11/i_get_it_i_know_im_inferior… )
if i had money to wager, i'd bet very high on the amanita genus, and i'm guessing amanita caesaria.
Please don't eat it! :). You know the rule
There are old mushroom hunters, and bold mushroom hunters, but no old bold mushroom hunters.
Perhaps it's this one ?
Sorry, couldn't resist...
Bob O'H: "There's even some smut"
You forgot the smut-link, wise guy. :-)
David: you went searching for it. :-)
I would think this is Amanita muscaria. I've never seen a caesaria, but we have lots of muscaria and pantherina around here. However, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and not East Tennessee, so I don't know what the relative abundances of those species are there.
Bob O'H: David: you went searching for it.
And mailed the guy a link to "Steve, Don't Eat It!". ;-)
Doesn't the Amanita muscaria have little white spots, or do those appear later in its life?