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Amanita franchetii

European Amanita franchetii (Boud.) Fayod, Craula, Hörselberg-Hainich, Thüringia, Germany
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae
Genus: Amanita
Species: A. franchetii
Binomial name
Amanita franchetii
(Boud.) Fayod

A. franchetii (Boud.) Fayod var. franchetii
A. franchetii sensu Thiers
A. franchetii (Boud.) Fayod var. lactella (E.-J. Gilbert & Kühner) Bon & Contu in Contu


Amanita aspera var. franchetii Boud.
Amanita queletii var. franchetii (Boud.) Bon

Amanita franchetii is a species of fungus in the Amanitaceae family. It was given its current name by Swiss mycologist Victor Fayod in 1889 in honor of French botanist Adrien René Franchet.[1] A. franchetii occurs in Europe and North Africa with oaks (Quercus ssp.), chestnuts (Castanea ssp.), and pines (Pinus ssp.).[2]

A similar fungus in western North America was also referred to as A. franchetii, but was long suspected of being a separate, undescribed species,[2] and in 2013 was formally described under the name Amanita augusta.[3]

Amanita aspera and Amanita franchetii are synonyms.[4]

There also exists a variety known as Amanita franchetii var. lactella that is entirely white except for the bright yellow universal veil remnants.[5] It is found in the western Mediterranean region, associated with several species of oak (Quercus suber and Q. robur) and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus),[5] and is also reported from Serbia.[6]


Amanita franchetii's edibility is suspect; it should not be taken for the table.[7] Although previous chemical analysis has not previous revealed in A. franchetii the presence of the amatoxins found in some other Amanitas,[7][8] it has recently been implicated in the deaths of ten people in China who displayed symptoms similar to those caused by amatoxin poisoning.[8]

Amanita franchetii
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium

cap is flat

or convex
hymenium is free
stipe has a ring and volva
spore print is white
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: unknown

See also

Fungi portal


External links

  • Index Fungorum.
  • - A description of the western North American species.
  • photo, from Aranzadi Society of Sciences, Mycology Gallery.

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