Old Man Of The Woods
Grayish black, shaggy cap and stalk; grayish pores. Usually single, on the ground in mixed hardwood forests. July–October. Cap cushion-shaped, becoming flat; grayish black; white flesh showing between dark scales; covered with large, shaggy, soft, flattened scales; flesh is whitish, bruising coral-red, then black. Pores small; angular; grayish, bruising reddish then black. Stalk slightly enlarged toward the base; grayish black; texture woolly, shaggy; solid, occasionally with one or two ring zones. Partial veil grayish, sometimes leaving woolly ring zones on the stalk. Spore print black. Spores magnified are elliptical.
Lookalikes: Confusing old man of the woods (S. confusus) is almost identical. Although some have said it differs in having erect, firm warts or spines on the cap (not shaggy, soft, flattened scales), viewing the spores with an electron microscope is the only sure way to separate the two. Onusta amanita (Amanita onusta) has gills, not pores.