|Amanita phalloides (Fr.:Fr.) Link|
The cap is white to yellow green or olive green; its margin is smooth, rarely with veil remnants on the edge. The cap surface is smooth.The stem is white, with silky zebra-like markings, bulbous, with a white sheathing volva, and a membranous striate ring. The flesh is unchanging; its taste is mild then sickly sweet or acid in old specimens; the odour is faint then sickly sweet of faded rose; its texture is fibrous. The gills are white, free, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, forest edges, on a rather clayey-calcareous or acid soil, most of the time with oak, beech, also with chestnut, hornbeam, hazel, birch, spruce, pine. The fruiting period takes place from May to December.
Chemical tests : gills becoming pale lilac when in contact with sulphuric acid.
Distinctive features : olive green cap (sometimes white), with thin radiating fibres; gills always white; white stem, membranous ring and saccate volva; ALWAYS DEADLY
Amanita phalloides is occasional and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
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