Orange Grisette

Amanita crocea

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Orange Grisette Amanita crocea (Quél.) Singer syn. A. vaginata var. crocea Quél. (illustrated 75% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex, becoming flattened or turning up at margin, with a broad umbo; pale yellow-orange or apricot at centre, paler towards the striate margin. Stem 100–150×10–20mm, gradually attenuated towards apex, with a non-bulbous base; covered in silky or cottony tufts of the cap colour throughout, base encased in a thick, persistent volva, which is white on the outside, flushed with the cap colour on the interior surface; no ring. Flesh white, often pale orange below the cap cuticle; thin; taste sweet and nutty, smell sweet. Gills adnexed or free; cream. Spores 11–12.5×9–10¼, subglobose; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat amongst broad-leaved trees, especially birch; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible.