Grey Spotted Amanita – Amanita excelsa var. spissa

Also called the ‘False Panther Cap,’ it has a smooth rounded cap which flattens out with age.The colour varies from dark to light brown, and it covered in numerous whitish-grey veil scales. The gills are white, and the stem is white, lined above the large ring, and covered in small scales below.The base is bulbous. Cap width 6 to 10cm. Stem height 8 to 15cm.

Fruits summer to autumn. Found in both broadleaf and coniferous woodland. Frequent in many parts of Britain.