Silky Rosegill - Volvariella bombycina


A large toadstool with a fibrous/hairy cap varying from white to pale yellowish. The gills are free and crowded; they are white initially and then turn pink as the spores mature. There is a large, scaly grey-brown volva at the base of the stem.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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On standing dead wood, often emerging from knot holes or wounds.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History

A decomposer growing on dead wood.

UK Status

Widespread across southern and central England, occasional in Wales and northern England, little recorded in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

UK Map