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Grey Spotted Amanita

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This mushroom is not a safe mushroom for novice foragers as it can be difficult to distinguish it from the DEADLY Panther Cap.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Grey Spotted Amanita
Scientific Name Amanita excelsa
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Grey-silver coloured to light brown to a darker red/brown and covered in off-white to grey scales. Spherical to convex to flat.

Gills

Gills white, free of the stem, quite crowded.

Stem

White with an obvious skirt. The bottom of the stem is bulbous rather than appearing from a volva.

Skirt

The skirt has obvious striations on the upper surface running up to the start of the gills. This is an important part of the identification to differentiate between these and the deadly Panther Cap, the Panther Caps skirt is smooth.

Volva

More of a bulbous base than a volva. There is no ‘guttering’ at the top of the volva.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

The Panther Cap, Amanita pantherina, pictured, this confusion can be avoided by very carefully studying the skirt on the stem.
The Blusher looks similar but is edible.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. Must be well cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Common.

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