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Grisette

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A rather infrequent member of the Amanita family that does not have a skirt. Although edible, caution must be taken if foraging for this mushroom as it can look similar to a Death Cap.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Grisette
Scientific Name Amanita vaginata
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 7
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

The cap starts ovate but will flatten out, usually retaining an umbo. Grey with a darker centre and striations at the edge of the cap in line with the gills below. Unlike some Amanitas it doesn’t usually have any remains of the volva sticking to the cap.

Gills

White, crowded and usually free of the stem although they can be adnexed, (slightly joined to the stem).

Stem

White to off white with a  pale grey snakeskin pattern, tapering slightly towards the top.

Volva

Has a sack like volva that can be hidden in the undergrowth.

Flesh

Thin, white and can become hollow in the stem.

Habitat

Deciduous woodland.

Possible Confusion

The Death Cap, pictured, can look similar but has a skirt, this is not however a reliable form of ID as the skirt can be missing or damaged.
The Tawny Grisette is very similar but is a tan/orange colour.
The Orange Grisette is an orange colour and is usually larger.

Spore Print

White. Spherical.

Frequency

Not common.

Other Facts

Although this mushroom is edible it is easily confused with other Amanitas and does not have a remarkable taste so unless you are desperate and 100% sure of the identification it is best left alone.
One of the few Amanitas that do not have a skirt.

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