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White False Death Cap

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Although this mushroom looks like a deadly Amanita it is edible if you like the taste of raw potatoes.

Mushroom Type
Common Names White False Death Cap
Scientific Name Amanita citrina var alba
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

A pure white cap with white patches of veil that can discolour to a tan-oche.

Gills

Gills white, free of the stem and fairly crowded.

Stem

Pure white with an obvious volval sack and a bulbous base. The stem can be hollow in older specimens.

Skirt

The skirt is quite large and usually hangs down.

Volva

A large obvious volva.

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 eating.

Spore Print

White. Spherical.

Taste / Smell

Unpleasant, like raw potato.

Frequency

Common.

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