Blusher - Amanita rubescens

    Description

    It has the swollen base (or volva), stem ring and flecked cap that are typical of this group. The rosy brown cap is largely covered by the pale mosaic of veil fragments when young, but as it grows the reddish patches become more obvious. The flesh also bruises pink when exposed to air. Can be eaten if treated correctly but best avoided as some similar species are deadly poisonous.

    Similar Species

    The Grey-spotted Amanita, A. excelsa var. spissa, is similar but without any pink tinges and with grey rather than brown scales on the cap.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • volva at base of stem
    • stem ring
    • scaly brown cap
    • exposed flesh turns pink
    Habitat

    It is found in both deciduous and coniferous woodland.

    When to see it

    June to October

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map