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Can anyone ID this solitary fungus?

Observed: 5th July 2012 By: stevenelawsonstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Can anyone ID this solitary fungus?
2012-07-05 10.11.17
2012-07-05 10.10.29

Solitary fungi, cap is approximately 4ins wide and concave, with the gill structure clearly showing at the frayed edges of the cap. Height is around 6ins in total. No discernible smell. Found near a small stand of birch trees in grass.
The stipe is shaggy and there is a volva roughly the same colour as the cap and about half an inch deep.
The gills are long, straight and distinctly separate along their entire length, creamy in colour.
The colour of the cap goes from a pale brown at the edge through darker brown to an orangey/brown centre.


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stevenelawson's picture

Your ID

Thanks for your input GrizzledBadger.
Would you say amanita caesarea? The colouring looks about right to me but I'm not sure what with the cap being so concave.

GrizzledBadger's picture

On the web-sites i've viewed

On the web-sites i've viewed through EOL, the fungus resembles, to me, an Amanita crocea but show no volval remains on cap. The stipe especially looks close to A.crocea.
It's unlikely to be A. caesarea as it has a veil & your pics show no veil or velar remains.


flaxton's picture

I forgot to say what a great

I forgot to say what a great set of photos showing all the details which should have been needed to give an ID

GrizzledBadger's picture

I too would congratulate you

I too would congratulate you on your pics, nice & sharp.


AlanS's picture

and description

I have to admit I saw this soon after it was posted, thought it was a very good representation of A. crocea, but as I wasn't logged in, I left it to others to name. Good to see folks got there.

I agree the photographs are good, but even more I want to say how good the notes are. Detailed description and relevant habitat notes.

So many people don't bother to provide such information. They post something, expect others to name it, but provide no information whatsoever. By contrast, I think this is exactly what an observation should be - plenty of information and photographs carefully chosen to show the range of characters.

But, um.., just one thing. Ref. the suggestion of Amanita caesarea, this is a species of dry Mediterranean forest, not British and not likely to be.


GrizzledBadger's picture

So that's why I could not

So that's why I could not find A. ceasarea in my fungus books. Thanks AlanS.