Cap 4-12 cm broad, convex, expanding to plano-convex; margin incurved, becoming decurved, not striate or if so, obscurely; surface smooth, dry, light-brown, ochraceous-brown, to buff-brown, darkest at the disc with scattered yellowish to buff-brown warts; flesh soft, white to pale yellowish.
Gills close, adnexed to free, close, white, tinged yellowish near the cap margin.
Stipe 5-15 cm long, 1-2 cm thick, stuffed, tapering to an enlarged, often bulbous base; surface whitish, sparsely pubescent or with scattered, flattened scales; partial veil membranous, cream-colored, forming a fragile, superior, skirt-like ring, the latter often with a yellowish margin; universal veil consisting of yellowish to grey warts or scales arranged concentrically on the basal bulb.
Spores 8-12 x 6-8 µm, elliptical, smooth, amyloid; spore print white.
Solitary or in small groups in mixed hardwood/conifer woods; fruiting from late fall to mid-winter.
Amanita franchetii is recognized by a brown to yellow brown cap with yellowish warts, a yellow margined annulus, and a scaly/warted volva. It is found regularly each season, but seldom in large numbers. We need a new name for this taxa, since according to Rod Tulloss "the name 'A. franchetii' is mistakenly applied to an otherwise undescribed taxon that is commonly found in California".