Snakeskin Grisette

Amanita ceciliae

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Snakeskin Grisette Amanita ceciliae (Berk. & Broome) Bas syn. A. inaurata Secr. ex Gillet syn. A. strangulata sensu auct. mult. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 7–12cm across, convex at first then expanding to broadly bell-shaped, margin distinctly grooved; greyish-brown, covered in large, dingy grey, warty patches of volva. Stem 75–130Γ—15–20mm; pale grey-brown, with distinctive white, shaggy, horizontal bands of veil remnants; bulb encased in an easily broken volva, soon falling away to show oblique ridges; ring absent. Flesh white; smell faint or none. Gills white. Spores 10.5–13ΒΌ in diameter, globose; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat in mixed woodland; autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility and best avoided as it is very possibly poisonous.

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