|Amanita vaginata (Bull.:Fr.) Lam.|
The cap is grey, egg-shaped to conical then expanded, with a central umbo; its margin is striate. The cap surface is smooth, viscid in wet weather, velvety when dry.The stem is hollow, brittle, pure white, with a white sheathing volva, without ring. The flesh is white, unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is not distinctive; its texture is fibrous. The gills are white, free, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 40 ). The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved and coniferous woodlands, wood edges, meadows, on a rather acid or calcareous soil, with poplar, larch, pine, birch, hornbeam, beech. The fruiting period takes place from April to December.
Chemical tests : none.
Distinctive features : Grey to brown-grey cap, with clearly striate margin, often with an umbo when expanding; white stem, tapering at the top, with bag-like whitish volva, but without ring
Amanita vaginata is occasional and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
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