False death cap

Amanita citrina

The false death cap (Amanita citrina) is a nice looking, white or pale yellow fungi with the typical appearance of Amanita genus: a sheating volva, a slender stipe with a ring and a large, almost flat when it is totally opened cap with white, crowded grills. Some brown scales often remain on its cap surface.

The false death cap smells like a raw potato.

It is not appreciated as the Cesar’s mushroom (A.cesarea), neither toxic as the death cap (A.phalloides). However, it must be rejected because it risks to be confused with the deadly death cap.

The false death cap is frequent in holm-oak and oak woods.

[photos Jordi Badia]