Amanita crocea

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Amanita crocea

Note: The brown fragments on the cap are soil. 5 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, with a central bump, smooth, margin lined, pale yellow to pale orange, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Adnexed to free, crowded, white

Stem

Tapered, covered with zig zag markings, sometimes coarsely scaly, pale yellow, base emerging from a large fleshy sack, or volva

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Sweet

Taste

Sweet

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In deciduous woods, favouring birch

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical, smooth (10-12) x (9-10) µm2

Edibility

Edible, with caution due to the risk of confusion with poisonous species

Notes

Amanita ceciliae is readily distinguished by the grey veil fragments on the cap. Amanita fulva is less robust and lacks the zig zag pattern on the stem.

Additional Photographs

Amanita crocea

7 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin