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Poisonous Mushrooms

Here is a list of some poisonous mushrooms, of which many are deadly poisonous. Do not under any circumstances taste or eat of any of these mushrooms.

Take in consideration that mushrooms can look different depending on the location and climate. The photos on this page may not be representable for species in your area.

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Amanita muscaria   (Fly Amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe, Asia
Dimensions
Cap 8-10 cm diameter; stem 8-18 cm tall * 1-2 cm diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This medium to large, fleshy agaric, with red cap, white patches, white gills, ring and a bulbous base, grows on poor and sandy soils.

Cap first round to hemispherical, and finally to plate-like and flat in mature specimens, often with a low, shallow depression on disk when fully expanded. Surface shiny; deep scarlet, fading to orange-red or orange-yellow in older specimens. Gills white, free or barely touching the stem, crowded. Stem white, robust and has the slightly brittle, fibrous texture. At the base is a bulb that bears universal veil remnants in the form of two to four distinct rings or ruffs. Between the basal universal veil remnants and gills are remnants of the partial veil (which covers the gills during development) in the form of a white ring. It can be quite wide and flaccid with age.

Amanita muscaria on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita muscaria var. flavivolvata on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Amanita pantherina   (Panther Amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-10 cm diameter, stem 8-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This is a medium to large fleshy agaric with brownish cap, pure white patches, white stem, ring, bulbous base with distinct margin.

Cap shiny brown or grey-brown with a very finely striate margin, initially domed but tends to flatten as the fruitbody matures. Pure white remains of the universal veil are dotted, usually fairly evenly, over the cap surface. Gills white, free, crowded. Stem pure white with a hanging ring that is initially quite chunky (as shown on the left) but often becomes thin and floppy in more mature specimens, sometimes with a toothed edge.

Amanita pantherina on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita pantherina on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Amanita phalloides   (Death Cap Amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 6-12 cm diameter, stem 7-12 cm tall * 1 - 1.5 cm thick
Edibility
Lethally poisonous

Description
This is a medium to large, fleshy agaric with greenish olive cap, whitish stem, ring, no patches but distinctive volval sheath. As the volva, which may be hidden by leaf litter, is a distinctive and diagnostic feature, it is important to remove some debris to check for it.

Cap at first round to egg-shaped and then flat. Varies greatly in colour from gray-white to green and yellow brown and has dark radial lines from the center. Sometimes with lots of veil remnants. Gills free, close, white, can turn yellow. Stem white with a scattering of grayish-olive scales and with a swollen, ragged, sac-like white volva (base). Ring white or colored like the stem, broad, thin, persistent.

Similar species Some Volvariella species look similar to older speciemens of Amanita phalloides. They are distinguished by a pale pink spore deposit and lack of a stem ring.

Amanita phalloides on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita phalloides on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Amanita porphyria   (Grey veiled amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 4-10 cm diameter; stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This medium to large, fleshy agaric that has greyish brown cap, sometimes with grey patches, white gills, ring, bulbous base, grows near coniferous trees.

Cap hemispherical when young, later flat, greyish brown to brown in colour, usually smooth, sometimes with grey patches. Gills soft, crowded, white and free from the stem. Flesh is white with a smell of radish. Stem thick, smooth, white or pale yellow and has a grey to black ring. Has also a basal bulb.

Similar species Amanita porphyria can easily be confused with much more poisonous species such as the Panther cap (Amanita pantherina).

Amanita porphyria on the First Nature Web site.
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Amanita regalis   (Royal Fly Agaric)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-10 cm diameter, stem 6-12 cm tall * 1.5-2.5 cm thick
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This is a medium to large, brown, fleshy agaric with cap patches, white gills, ring, basal bulb. Grows solitary or scattered on soil in mixed woods.

Cap brown; at first convex, becoming expanded-convex or flattened, smooth and slightly greasy in damp conditions, decorated with delicate, non-persistent, whitish or whitish grey velar patches. Flesh white firm and medium. Gills are crowded close together, free from attachment to the stem, and white with a creamy yellow tinge. Stem white, smooth, lined above the ring. Ring large white and fairly firm, superior.

Amanita regalis on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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Amanita rubescens   (Blushing Amanita)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 6-15 cm diameter, stem 6-15 cm tall * 1-2.5 cm thick
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This large, rosy-brown, fleshy agaric has cap patches, white gills, a bulbous base and ring on stem. Bruising reddish, it grows solitary or scattered on soil in woods generally.

Cap pinkish brown with gray to pink patches on surface. At first it is sub-spherical, becoming convex and finally flattened. Flesh is moderately firm and white, becoming brownish pink where cut or damaged. Gills crowded, soft, white to off-white, free from stem, with pink tinges appearing on damaged areas. Spores are white. Stem downy, gray, white, or pink, bears a prominent pendent ring with furrows on it's upper surface. The base is swollen and girdled.

Amanita rubescens on the First Nature Web site.
Amanita rubescens on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Amanita virosa   (Destroying angel)
Family
Pluteaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-9 cm diameter, stem 13-20 cm tall * 1.5-2 cm diameter
Edibility
Lethally poisonous

Description
Large, white fleshy agaric with a shaggy stalk and volval bag, solitary or scattered on soil in broad-leaf or mixed woods.

Cap pure white, at first conical, becoming campanulate and finally irregularly expanded, but often retaining a flat umbo. Flesh white and firm. Gills white, free, crowded. Stem white, shaggy or fibrous, typically curved, arising from large bag-like vulva often buried deep in the soil. Ring large, fragile and typically ruptured. Taste DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TASTE ANY PART OF THE SPECIMEN.

Similar species Amanita bisporigera is a smaller, more slender, two-spored, but equally deadly mushroom.

Amanita virosa on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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Boletus satanas   (Satan's Bolete)
Family
Boletaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 8-25 cm diameter, stem 6-9 cm tall * 5-10 cm diameter
Edibility
Lethally poisonous

Description
This lethally poisonous fleshy bolete has a smooth, bun-shaped cap that is almost white. Boletus satanas is best identified by its orange to blood-red pores and prominent yellow to blood-red net pattern. It also has a fat, yellow to red stem.

Cap compact, at first it is hemispheric with an inrolled margin, later flattening in the shape of a pad, and in older specimens it is bent irregularly. The pileus at first greyish white, later more greenish ochre or leather colour. The surface of the cap is finely tomentose, later smooth and often slightly sticky in wet weather. Pores are small, circular and red, sometimes blood-red, but orange at margin. The free to slightly adnate tubes are yellow then olive, blue where cut. Stem yellow background covered with a hexagonal close-meshed net that starts bright red and turns dark blood-red. Often very bulbous and usually wider than it is long. When young almost spherical.

Rubroboletus satanas (Boletus satanas) on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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