Grey Spotted Amanita
This mushroom is not a safe mushroom for novice foragers as it can be difficult to distinguish it from the toxic Panthercap.
|Common Names||Grey Spotted Amanita (EN), Amanita Smotiau (CY), Muchomor twardawy (PL), Szürke Galóca (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Amanita excelsa|
|Synonyms||Amanita spissa var. excelsa|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||12|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
Grey-silver coloured to light brown to a darker red/brown and covered in off-white to grey scales. Spherical to convex to flat.
White with an obvious skirt. The bottom of the stem is bulbous rather than appearing from a volva.
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 toxic Panthercap, the Panthercap’s skirt is smooth.
The Panthercap (Amanita pantherina), pictured, this confusion can be avoided by very carefully studying the skirt on the stem.
The Blusher (Amanita rubescens) looks similar but is edible.
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.