Tan to reddish brown cap with pinkish brown patches and a ring on the stalk; the entire mushroom bruises reddish. Grows on the ground in oak woods and under white pines. June–October. Cap convex to almost flat; tan to reddish brown with pinkish brown patches, bruising reddish; texture smooth with cottony patches, slightly tacky when wet. Gills moderately broad; spacing close to crowded; whitish, bruising reddish to reddish brown, often quickly; attachment free or slightly attached. Stalk enlarges toward the base, which is large, soft, and bulbous; whitish, bruising pink to red; texture smooth to fibrous; has a ring. Universal veil grayish to gray-pink, leaving pinkish brown patches on the cap. Partial veil whitish, staining pinkish, and leaving a skirtlike ring on the upper stalk. Spore print white. Spores magnified are elliptical, smooth.
Lookalikes: Other Amanita species.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..