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Caesars mushroom

Amanita caesarea

Description:

These bulbous fungus things were poking out of the ground, growing straight up with a sort of stalk that is now broken down, and this yellowy tan bulb is sort of expanding out of it. These ones are bigger the the orange one seen earlier, not sure it it is a different species or same thing but different development. These ones were many in clusters, and they appeared to be glossy if not sticky, i didn't notice a smell, but they were drawing crowds of these red eyed flies and black ants.

Habitat:

These were in dirt, in the actual grader tailings piled up on the side of a dirt road on the way to Katavi National park. There didn't seem to be much organic material around them, just this lovely red dirt.

Notes:

weird! cool! I have a feeling these are Aminita, after much searching, just on the verge of breaking into bloom.... I thought they were some kind of puff, but now I think they are actually about to open up.. wish I was around to go back and check! :)

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MudWiggle
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MudWiggle

Katavi, Tanzania

Spotted on Jan 3, 2016
Submitted on Jan 16, 2016

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