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Amanita virosa   (Destroying angel)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-9 cm diameter, stem 13-20 cm tall * 1.5-2 cm diameter
Lethally poisonous

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.

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