Amanita citrina var. alba    (Gillet) Gilbert 

common name(s) : White False Deathcap, White False Death 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae [sub-genus:Lepidella section:Mappae ]  

synonyms: Amanita mappa-alba 

edibility : discard

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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.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 7 cm (between 4 and 12 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 6 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 10 mm (between 8 and 12 mm)

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 .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita citrina var. alba in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita citrina var. alba in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18