Amanita rubescens    Pers.:Fr. 

common name(s) : The Blusher 

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

synonyms: Amanita rubescens-rubescens 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Amanita pseudorubescens ss.auct.)  

edibility : edible if well cooked

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

The cap is brown, vinaceous red, sometimes paler, globular at first, then soon expanding to convex then finally flattened; its margin is smooth and sharp. The cap surface is spotted with grey-reddish to grey-brown warts or patches, easily washed away, arranged concentrically and denser towards centre, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white, turning red-brown especially at the base and wounds, bulbous, with a membranous striate ring.

The flesh is white but reddish beneath the cap surface, turning reddish in wounds, turning red when exposed to air, especially in stem base ; its taste is mild then acrid; the odour is not distinctive; 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 coniferous and deciduous woods, on poor soils, on a rather non calcareous soil.

The fruiting period takes place from April to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 10 cm (between 4 and 20 cm)
  height of stem approximately 12 cm (between 1 and 22 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 5 and 40 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Pink brown to fleshy pink cap, covered with irregular greyish pink patches (not warts); gills and flesh blushing red when touched or exposed to air; easily peeled cap surface; stem reddening when bruised, especially at bulbous base; striate membranous ring

Amanita rubescens is very frequent and present everywhere in the forest of Rambouillet, and is very frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita rubescens in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita rubescens in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18