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Cecilia's ringless mushrooms

Amanita ceciliae


These mushrooms pop when the summers are wet and cool with a few full days of warm sun, usually around July-August and through the warmer days of September. They sprout in our front garden under our pine trees near the ivy boarder; must be a healthy environment for them just in this spot! They add a charming look to our front garden, and we are excited when they sprout and pop up out of the soil. They came up last year, 2010, when i took these shots, but this year they are hiding. Perhaps because May - July, central NJ had a drought, But come August Hurricane Irene and many thunderstorms drops over 20 inches of ran that month, maybe too much water too late? I'd love it if anyone can identify the specific type of mushroom they are and let us know if they are poisonous or not ... NOT THAT WE WOULD EAT THEM ANYWAY!! but, just to "know"!




UPDATE, thanks to great Project Noah spotters, these "shrooms" have been identified as Amanita ceciliae (Cecilia's ringless amanita or Snakeskin grisette, in Europe known as Strangulated amanita.

No species ID suggestions


Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 2 years ago

It can become that faded from the well-recognized red color of muscaria? Wow, that's something to keep in mind, thanks for that info Alex!

AlexKonig 2 years ago - another site for good informations about A muscaria

AlexKonig 2 years ago

even if it was my own suggestion, i'm beginning to doubt: about the ceciliae. in netherland ceciliae is named : "prachtamanit" (roughly translated --> splendor/magnificence/glory-amanit). the english/american name says much more than the dutch. i get disturb about the "ringless" although there is clearly one. therefore i think it could/should be another species, again a suggestion: could it be a color-faded A. muscaria. sometimes those actuel red-cap mushroom come as yellow or orange. when the mushroom are still standing there, try to determinate it through informations from the internet, but to make it easier: you can look just for the species, the genus amanita should be right. AND the muscaria is a mushroom who is in symbiose with pine-trees ( good luck (ps --> european old latin name : amanita strangulata - nothing to do with strangulated. Other names: Amanita - inaurata, strangulata or ceciliae ( new one) --- prachtamanit (dutch)- Snakeskin Grisette (eng)---> while i was writing this i got conviced, that i maked a mistake, and this should be an amanita muscaria. sorry for before

gbruns 3 years ago

thanks everybody! We would never eat or even touch them for fear of getting some kind of itchy rash! LOL!! our mushrooms come from the local market or grocery store :))

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 3 years ago

Amanitas... so amazing, yet you have to watch out for them. To me, they're great to take pictures of, but I wouldn't think about picking anything with a volva and annulus until getting more tools to ID them (i.e. better microscope, Meltzer's reactant, chemicals, etc.)

But they do make your walkway look amazing. :)

Matthijs 3 years ago

Yes..your right Alex.. My mushrooms come from a supermarket. I prosume Greg's mushrooms to. :)

KristalWatrous 3 years ago

I agree with Alex. They look like Amanitas to me, with the flakes on top and the present annulus and volva. Very pretty, but I wouldn't even consider picking them.

AlexKonig 3 years ago

i would never eat a mushroom , just on suggestion out of the internet. when you're not sure yourself, let him stand where he is. the SUGGESTION can be wrong, because over internet/pictures you can't identify smell and touch (also important). here will it just go through visual identifications/suggestion. by the way looks a little bit as an amanita ceciliae (A. inaurata/strangulata) with the grey flakes.

gbruns 3 years ago

The caps were about 4-5 inches wide! Amazing to see them pop overnight. :-)

Matthijs 3 years ago

They look huge.! very nice to have them in your garden. and yes, especially don't eat after ID'n ;-)

Howell Township, New Jersey, USA

Lat: 40.20, Long: -74.26

Spotted on Jul 30, 2010
Submitted on Sep 17, 2011

Spotted for mission


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