Amanita fulva, The Tawny Grisette

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Amanita fulva is an edible species of Amanita. Our club does not recommend eating any species of Amanita but we have members who do eat this species.
The convex to flat with a dark umbo, reddish to orange brown caps range from 1 ½ to 4 inches (4 to 10 cm.) wide. The caps have radial grooves at the rim. There is no ring. The free, white to creamy gills are close and broad. The whitish stem ranges from 3 to 6 inches(7.5 to 15 cm)tall and ¼ to ½ inch(5 to 12 mm) wide. There is a large, white to orange brown baglike volva at the base of the stem. This fairly common mushroom grows on the ground singly or in small clusters in both hardwoods and conifers. The season is from July through September. The spore print is white.
I am more tempted to try eating this Amanita than its cousin A. vaginata, the grisette. Grisettes are very variable in color and have many look-alike species. The closest look-alike to the tawny grisette is A. crocea which has a yellow orange to apricot cap that does not have radial grooves at the margin. The inner surface of the volva of A. crocea is colored like the cap.

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