October 2004 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
False Death Cap
Convex, then flattened, smooth, covered with veil remnants, cuticle gelatinous, pale yellow, to about 10 cm across
Adnexed, crowded, white
Tapered upwards, ring fleshy and lined on the upper surface, lined above the ring, base bulbous with a distinct rim, whitish
Do not taste
Late summer and autumn
In deciduous and coniferous woods
Spores broadly ellipsoidal, smooth (8-10) x (7-9) µm2
Amanita citrina var alba is a pure white form. Take care not to confuse with other white Amanitas, including A. virosa and A. verna. Unlike A. virosa, the flesh does not change colour when exposed to KOH solution.