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Amanita virosa is also known as Destroying Angel.
Taxonomy and Systematics
Species: Amanita virosa
Caps are typically 5-13 cm across, pure white, slippery when wet, and range from convex to flat, smooth. The gills are free (adnexed), close, and also white. Stalks can reach up to 15 cm tall by 2 cm wide, and are swollen at the base, smooth to silky in touch, and again white. The ring on the stalk is large, white, and floppy. The cup is sac-like and encases the base and a part of the stalk. Spore print is white.
General distribution and habitat
Amanita virosa is widespread and common, typically fruiting on the ground in wooded areas.
I found a specimen in the wooded conifer grove between Dickinson and Paris-Borden. Conditions were very wet after several days of rain. There were a group of several mushrooms within one small area, but none others were seen around the site.
A damages solo specimen found on the lawn behind Dickinson amongst hardwood trees on October 2, 2018. (MP)
Destroying Angel is well-named as it is both one of the prettiest and deadliest mushrooms. Very poisonous. Do not consume.
Barron, George. Mushrooms of Northeast North America. Midwest to New England. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, AB. 1999.
Gfredericks 16:52, 13 September 2011 (UTC)