With black poplar. Found and identified by Mark Hampton. 4 August 2023 Eastleigh, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, expanding with age, dark to pale grey, initially enclosed in a thin white membrane, which breaks up into scales as the cap expands, surface often with a hammered texture, margin grooved, to about 10 cm across (exceptionally to 15 cm)
Free, crowded, white
Tapered, whitish, decorated with a zig zag pattern, base enclosed in a fleshy volva
White, somewhat brittle
Sumer to autumn
Very rarely recorded
On soil with oak, hazel, poplar, and common rock rose
Unfortunately there are numerous similar species, making identification difficult. The specimens shown were collected in a small area where, several years earlier, Mark Hampton had collected a specimen from the same location. The DNA from that specimen was amplified by Eric Janke and DNA sequenced by the BMS, confirming the identity as Amanita simulans. I am grateful to Mark Hampton for givng me the location of the specimens shown.
Found and identified by Mark Hampton. With black poplar. Found and identified by Mark Hampton. 4 August 2023 Eastleigh, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.