Amanita excelsa


Cap is 8 to 15 cm diameter; brown or grey-brown; usually retaining irregular grey patches or fragments of the universal veil, the cap of Amanita excelsa is initially domed, becoming almost flat or occasionally slightly concave at maturity. The velar patches are easily washed or wiped off the cap surface. Stem white when fresh with a robust ring which is usually grooved on its upper surface.

Similar Species

Two varieties of Amanita excelsa occur in Britain: A. excelsa var. excelsa and A. excelsa var. spissa. Separating the two varieties is difficult and many authorities still treat them as merely minor form differences.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good quality photograph required.


Mycorrhizal with hardwood and softwood trees, often most abundant near the edge of mixed woodland.

When to see it

July to November.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map