The cap of A. veldiei is 40 - 60 mm wide, shallowly
convex to planar, white, shiny, with an appendiculate
margin and with a sterile extension beyond the end of the gills. Thick, whitish
warts are present, thicker and more
conspicuous towards the center passing into cob-webby fibrils towards the margin.
The gills are dirty cream and very narrow at both ends.
The stem is 125 - 130 × 6 - 11 mm (width measured at top of stem), narrowing slightly
upward, white, smooth above a well-formed ring, below the ring is
covered with white floccose-fibrillose
warts, most prominent towards the base. The top of the bulb
is covered with white, fibrillose volval remnants. The bulb is up to 22
mm wide, spindle-shaped, and somewhat rooting. The ring is in the upper
part of the stem, membranous, skirt-like, and persistent.
The spores measure 12 - 15 × 7 - 8 µm and are amyloid and
elongate. Clamps are absent at bases of basidia.
Amanita veldiei was
originally described from South Africa. Unfortunately, the name is invalid
as published, due to uncertainty as to which of two
herbaria named in the paper is the location of the holotype. We have not been
able to discover if the omission has been corrected.
The original authors assigned this species to
Bas' stirps Hesleri.
They express some concern over the fact that the warts of Amanita
hesleri Bas are very dark colored, however, differences in volva
color are not uncommon in closely related species in section
Lepidella.—R. E. Tulloss and L. Possiel
D. A. Reid & Eicker nom. inval.1991. Mycol. Res. 95: 93, figs. 35-37, 44. [Herbarium preserving holotype not unambiguously designated. ICBN §37.5]
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K 15592 [proposed holotype—RET]; isotype, PRUM 2721, lost to insect damage as of 2012 (Prof. A. E. van Wyk, Curator, pers. corresp.)
from protolog: Under Quercus ?palustris.
from protolog: SOUTH AFRICA: GAUTENG—SE of Pretoria, Bapsfontein, 27.ii.1989 Veldie & Martmarí Greuning s.n. (proposed holotype, K 15592, as "A. veldisii," name changed at publication; isotype, PRUM 2721, lost to insect damage as of 2012).
We are grateful to curators at K (Dr. B. Aguirre-Hudson) and PRU (Prof. A. E. van Wyk) for helping us by clarifying the present status of orginal material of the present species.
—R. E. Tulloss
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