Amanita vaginata    (Bull.:Fr.) Lam. 

common name(s) : Grisette, Common Grisette 

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

synonyms: Amanitopsis vaginata, Amanita vaginata-vaginata 

edibility : edible if well cooked

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

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.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 14 cm (between 6 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 14 mm (between 7 and 20 mm)

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 .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita vaginata in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita vaginata in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18