Amanita porphyria (Gray-veil Amanita)

Description: Brownish with grayish patches; stalk with gray ring and abruptly bulbous base.

Cap: 1-3" (2.5-7.5 cm) wide; convex to flat, with no radial grooves; tacky when wet, smooth; brown to purple-brown, sometimes with grayish patches.

Gills: free, close, moderately broad, whitish.

Stalk: 2-5" (5-12.5 cm) long, 3/8-5/8" (1-1.5 cm) thick, with large, soft, rounded basal bulb; whitish, with small, grayish fibers.

Veils: universal veil grayish; leaving a few crumbling patches on cap and stalk base. Partial veil membranous, grayish; leaving collapsing ring on upper stalk.

Spores: 7-9 m; round, smooth, colorless, amyloid. Spore print white.

Edibility: Poisonous.

Season: August-October.

Habitat: Under conifers and mixed woods.

Range: E. United States and Pacific NW.

Look-alikes: A. brunescens has chiseled base. A. spissa has clublike base A. spreta has sheathing cup on stalk.

Comments: The Gray-veil Amanita is found every fall and, except for its color, resembles the Citron Amanita (A. citrina,). Though not known to have caused poisonings, it contains toxins and should not be eaten.

Amanita porphyria image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981/2004, p. 544 , images #149).

Amanita porphyria (Gray-veil Amanita)