|Amanita citrina var. alba (Gillet) Gilbert|
The cap is white, hemispherical then convex and expanded; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is covered with persistent irregular white patches, turning ochre-brown with age, not viscid nor sticky.The stem is white, bulbous, with a white circumcised volva, and a large white and striate membranous ring. The flesh is white, unchanging; its taste is mild to unpleasant (radish or raw potato); the odour is strong, of raw potato; its texture is fibrous. The gills are white, free, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 39 ). The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in coniferous and broad-leaved woods, on a rather acid and sandy soil, with oak, beech. The fruiting period takes place from June to December.
Chemical tests : none.
Distinctive features : white cap, topped with white or brown flakes arranged like a geographical map; white stem with thin white ring; circumcised volva at stem base; white flesh; distinctive smell of raw potato
Amanita citrina var. alba is frequent and very widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
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