The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County

Genus: Amanita

Family: Amanitaceae

Amanita augusta

Amanita augusta

Amanita augusta Amanita baccata Amanita calyptroderma Amanita gemmata
Amanita magniverrucata Amanita muscaria var flavivolvata Amanita muscaria Amanita novinupta

Known Species in the County

Approximately 22 species in Santa Cruz County.

Amanita Records from Santa Cruz County:

Amanita contains some of the most beautiful, conspicuous, and well-known mushrooms in the world.

Universal veil remnants are frequently present on the cap (as warts or a skull patch) or at the base of the stipe (as a volva), and in most species a partial veil is present on the stipe. Almost all species are ectomycorrhizal, forming associations with a wide variety of hosts. Very few species are nonmycorrhizal.

Amanita is equally famous and notorious for containing many delicious edible species (A. velosa, A. calyptroderma, A. vernicoccora, A. pachycolea, etc.), as well as deadly toxic species (A. ocreata, A. phalloides).

There are five sections within the genus Amanita, members of which can look very different from one another.

Important identification characters include overall coloration and stature, presence and distribution of universal and partial veil tissues, striations, stipe shape and ornamentation, and host tree.