The cap and stalk
5 - 15 cm
With ring and overgrown shell
white, whitish, cream
Name: Death Cap
Scientific name: Amanita citrina Pers. 1797
Common name: Lavender Staining American Citrin Amanita
Synonyms: Species Fungorum 10.12.2015:
Agaricus bulbosus Bull. 1793
Agaricus citrinus Schaeff. 1762
Agaricus citrinus Schaeff. 1764
Agaricus citrinus var. citrinus Schaeff. 1774
Agaricus mappa Batsch 1783
Agaricus mappa Willd. 1787
Agaricus olivaceus Krombh. 1845
Amanita bulbosa Pers. 1801
Amanita bulbosa var. alba Pers. 1818
Amanita bulbosa var. citrina (Pers.) Gillet 1874
Amanita bulbosa var. olivacea Gillet 1874
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Habit of Growth: Mycorrhiza
Protection: Mushroom is not protected
Trees: Fagus (Beech) , Picea (Spruce) , Pinus (Pine)
Cap: 4-8 cm across, hemispherical when young, later plane, smooth surface, covered with yellow to white irregulary shaped patches, margin obtuse, sometimes slightly striate and fringed.
Hymenophore: subglobose, smooth, hyaline, broad, white to pale yelow, edges smoth to finely white-ciliate.
Spore print: white
Spore: subglobose, 7-8,8(9) X 6,6(7)-7,8 μm
Stem: 5-12 x 0,8-1,5 cm, cylindrical, somewhat enlarged toward the base, solid fibrous, smooth surface, dull, whitish to pale yellow, with a pendent, pale yellow, membranous annulus on the upper third, base with a soft marginate bulb.
Flesh: white, yellow under the cuticle, unpleasant odor, mild, nutty taste.
Habitat: in hardwood and coniferous forests, on acid soil, grows from september to november.
Remarks: can be confused with Amanita phalloides, however it lacks the typical saccate volva at the base of the stipe.