Amanita echinocephala    (Vittad.) Quél. 

common name(s) : Solitary Amanita, Warty Amanita 

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

synonyms: Aspidella echinocephala 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Amanita solitaria ss.auct.)  

edibility : deadly poisonous

photo gallery of  Amanita echinocephala
photo gallery of  Amanita echinocephala potential confusions with  Amanita echinocephala toxicity of Amanita echinocephala genus Amanita  

The cap is whitish; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is covered with spiky white warts, disappearing with age, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is with needle-like scales under the ring or on base, bulbous, with a membranous ring.

The flesh is unchanging; the odour is unpleasant; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are greenish grey, free, crowded . The spore print is yellowish-green to white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, on a rather calcareous soil.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 12 cm (between 6 and 20 cm)
  height of stem approximately 13 cm (between 6 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 25 mm (between 10 and 45 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : white cap, covered with erect spiky or pyramid-shaped scales, also present on stem base; veil remnant overhanging from cap margin; gills with greenish tinge

Amanita echinocephala is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita echinocephala in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita echinocephala in the forest of Rambouillet

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