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Amanita phalloides   (Death Cap Amanita)
Family
Amanitaceae
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 lethally poisonous, 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 grey-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 greyish-olive scales and with a swollen, ragged, sac-like white volva (base). Ring white or coloured 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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