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False death cap

Amanita citrina


This mushroom has a fleshy pale yellow, or sometimes white, cap from 4–10 cm (1.5–4 in) across, covered in irregular patches. The gills and flesh are white. There is a large volva at the base of the 6–8 cm (2.5–3 in) tall stem, which has a clear ring. This mushroom is not eaten, having a smell of rapeseed or potato.



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The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks for your tips TheMiesMeister! I magine if Agustin and I were out for edible mushrooms we may have been dead already :-)

MichelBeeckman 6 years ago

Wouldn't eat this one!! This is NOT Chlorophyllum rachodes, but Amanita citrina (or at least an Amanita species). C. rachodes has a round/spherical cap when young and the scales on the cap stick out, rather than being, attached as patches like the one you've got. C. rachodes always has a central dark patch on the cap. A good test to see if it is C. rachodes, is to scratch the stipe (or any other part of the flesh). When it turns red, you've got it. If not, it is something else (Macrolepiota, Agaricus or Amanita or what have you). A great way to ID A. citrina in the field is the smell of it. It should smell like raw potatoes.

arlanda 8 years ago

nice champiñon!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

as you can see above it seems also dangerous to eat. I would never dare myself to eat mushrooms from the woods..I have no idea which ones are good and which ones bad :-)

ShaumingLo 8 years ago

Must be nice to cook with, thick flesh !

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Oud-Heverlee, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Oct 31, 2011
Submitted on Oct 31, 2011

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