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False Deathcap

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Although this mushroom looks like a deadly Amanita it is actually edible but not very nice and not worth the risk of confusion with deadly poisonous species.

Mushroom Type
Common Names False Deathcap
Scientific Name Amanita citrina var citrina
Season Start May
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

An ivory white to pale yellow cap covered in off white patches of the remains of the veil.

Gills

Gills white, free of the stem and fairly crowded.

Stem

Ivory white with an obvious volval sack and a bulbous base. The skirt is quite large and usually hangs down. The stem can be hollow in older specimens.

Skirt

Fairly fleshy and superior, (hanging down).

Volva

Has an obvious volva with ‘guttering’.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Mixed woodland especially with Beech.

Possible Confusion

The Destroying Angel, Amanita virosa, pictured, or the Deathcap, Amanita phalloides, it is because of this possible confusion and its vile taste that we leave this mushroom well alone. Although edible, not one for the table.

Spore Print

White. Spherical.

Taste / Smell

Unpleasant. Smells of raw potato.

Frequency

Common.

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