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Amanita porphyria   (Grey veiled amanita)
North America, Europe
Cap 4-10 cm diameter; stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter

Amanita porphyria, also knows as Grey veiled amanita, is a medium to large, fleshy agaric that has a greyish brown cap, sometimes with grey patches, white gills, ring and a broad, abrupt bulb at the base. The mushroom grows scattered on the ground under conifers and less commonly in mixed conifer-hardwood forests.

Cap Hemispherical when young, then convex and finally flattening, greyish brown to brown in colour, usually smooth, sometimes with grey patches. Gills soft, crowded, white and free from the stem. Flesh is white with a smell of radish. Stem thick, smooth, white or pale yellow and has a grey to black ring. Has also a basal bulb.

Similar species Amanita porphyria can easily be confused with much more poisonous species such as the Panther cap (Amanita pantherina).

Amanita porphyria on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita porphyria on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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