Amanita gemmata

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Amanita gemmata

Identified by Nick Legon. RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)167649. 12 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Amanita junquillea

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, smooth or slightly sticky, margin often lined, pale yellow to lemon yellow, sometimes with orange tinges, decorated with flattened white veil remnants, to about 8 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, white

Stem

Tapered, base bulbous, enclosed in a sack, or volva, lower half of the stem often decorated with encircling bracelets of scales, apex smooth with a fleeting delicate ring which often adheres to the edge of the cap, to about 12 cm tall

Flesh

Firm, white to pale yellow

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Do not taste

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On sandy soil in woods, favouring pine and birch

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores broadly ellipsoidal, smooth (8.5-9) x (7-7.5) µm2, Basidia 4 spored.

Edibility

Deadly poisonous

Notes

Less robust pale capped specimens are more common in the UK

Additional Photographs

Amanita gemmata

Identified by Nick Legon. RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)167649. 12 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin