Usually instantly recognisable! Unless rain washes the 'spots' the remains of the veil off the cap and turns it more orange - then it can cause some confusion and needs to be backed up with a look at the base of the stem, which typically is swollen and may show remnants of veil but not a true bag or volva, plus remnants of veil on the top third of the stem.
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Common and widely recognised.
Most typically heathland with birches: substrate most often acidic but can occur on calcareous soils when covered by enough peat!
Scarlet to pale orange with large white loose scales of the veil.
Flesh is tinged red/orange/yellow below the cap cuticle. Pleasant tasting with no distinctive smell
Free. White in colour.
9.5- 10.5 x 7 - 8 Microns in size. White in colour. Broadly ovate; nonamyloid
Cylindric with bulbous base. Sometimes tinged red/orange. Large membranous ring.