Tawny Grisette- Amanita fulva
Fruits Summer to Autumn
Grows in woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees
Can be found as individual fruits or in small groups
Cap orange-brown and paler at edge
Volval remnants rarely present on the cap
Cap is 5-8cm and its edge is striated
Cap has a central umbo and flattens with age
White stem is to 10 - 15cm tall and 0.5 - 1.5cm in diameter
Has no stem ring/skirt and often has a fibrous surface
Sack like volva remains are found at base of stem
Flesh is white
Gills are white, crowded and free
Spore print is white
Tawny Grisette - Amanita fulva
Edible mushroom - advanced
Other common names: Tawny Grisette
Scientific name meaning: Amanita originates from the Greek Amanitai, which is though to mean "of the Amanus", which is a range of mountains in Turkey. Fulva is from the Latin Fulvus and means reddish brown, tawny or gold coloured
Season - when will I find it? From Summer to Autumn
Habitat - where will I find it? The Tawny Grisette grows in association with deciduous and coniferous trees
Description - what does it look like?
Growth: The Tawny Grisette is a mycorrhizal fungi growing in association with different trees. fruits are often found individually, but can also be found in small groups.
It begins growing in an egg-like sac called a volva, or universal veil
Cap: The cap of the Tawny Grisette is an orange-brown colour, and lighter at the edge. It can reach between 5cm and 8cm, have a small central umbo (bump) and flattens with age. Remnants of the universal veil are rarely present.
The edge of the cap is striated
Gills: The white gills are crowded and free (do not meet the stem)
Stem: White in colour, often with a fibrous surface that can appear slightly darker. It can reach 10 to 15cm tall, and is 0.5 - 1.5cm wide. It has no stem ring, or skirt.
The sack-like volval remains can be found at the base of the stem
Spore colour: White
Possible lookalikes Could be confused with the deadly poisonous Amanitas. Also, the Orange Grisette (Amanita crocea), but this is more orange in the cap and stem, and the Grisette (Amanita vaginata), which has a more grey-coloured cap
Use as a food Must be thoroughly cooked as it is toxic in its raw state
Use in herbal medicine None known
If you are suffering from any ailment or need medical advice, please see your General Practitioner
Hazards This mushroom must be cooked thoroughly as it is raw state. It could easily be confused with poisonous Amanitas
Importance to other species Provides food for a the larvae of a number of fly species. Worth remembering when harvesting. Younger specimens tend to have less livestock inside!
Always stay safe when foraging. You need to be 100% sure of your identification, 100% sure that your foraged item is edible, and 100% sure that you are not allergic to it (it is good practice to always try a small amount of any new food you are consuming). If in doubt, leave it out!