Amanita phalloides    (Fr.:Fr.) Link 

common name(s) : Deathcap, Death Cap 

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

edibility : deadly poisonous

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

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.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 10 cm (between 3 and 25 cm)
  height of stem approximately 10 cm (between 5 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 15 mm (between 8 and 30 mm)

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

page updated on 14/01/18