Amanita citrina

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Amanita citrina

October 2004 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

False Death Cap

Cap

Convex, then flattened, smooth, covered with veil remnants, cuticle gelatinous, pale yellow, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Adnexed, crowded, white

Stem

Tapered upwards, ring fleshy and lined on the upper surface, lined above the ring, base bulbous with a distinct rim, whitish

Flesh

White

Smell

Raw potatoes

Taste

Do not taste

Season

Late summer and autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous and coniferous woods

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores broadly ellipsoidal, smooth (8-10) x (7-9) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Amanita citrina var alba is a pure white form. Take care not to confuse with other white Amanitas, including A. virosa and A. verna. Unlike A. virosa, the flesh does not change colour when exposed to KOH solution.