One of the Grisette section within the broader Amanita genus. Typically a chunky mushroom, with the cap usually narrower than the length of the stem. It has no ring, emerges from a volva or sack structure, parts of which adhere to the cap. It is uncommon and its edibility is debatable, however it is very similar to other toxic species such as the panther cap so not recommended for the novice forager.
|Common Names||Snakeskin Grisette, Cecilia's Ringless Amanita, Strangulated Amanita, Amanita Croen Neidr (CY), Muchomor Złotawy (PL), Óriás Selyemgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Amanita ceciliae|
|Synonyms||Amanita strangulata, Amanita inaurata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8 - 17|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6 - 12|
Chestnut brown with easily removed grey scales. Well defined striations around the edge and a pale margin in immature specimens. Starting ovoid, convex but flattening out with age.
1 to 2cm thick and 7 to 17cm long. No ring (as with all the Grisettes) but distinct shaggy grey zig-zag banding running across the stem – hence the term snakeskin.
The edibility of this mushroom is unclear, however the big potential for confusion here would be one of the other seriously poisonous Amanitas, particularly the Panthercap (Amanita pantherina) pictured. The Snakeskin Grissette does not have a skirt but these can be easily lost from look-a-like mushrooms leading to potential confusion. The stem of the Snakeskin Grisette should be a key identifier however this is not a mushroom for the novice forager!
White. Globose, smooth and colourless (hyaline).
Mostly southern Britain, but uncommon.
The species name (epithet), ‘ceciliae’ is honour of the Cecilia Berkeley, the wife of and contributor to the works of, the famous 19th century British mycologist, Miles Joseph Berkeley.