Amanita virosa

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Amanita virosa is also known as Destroying Angel.

[1] Amanita virosa
Single specimen found behind Dickinson (MP)
Cross section of fruiting body (MP)

Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Fungi

Subkingdom: Dikarya

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Amanitaceae

Genus: Amanita

Species: Amanita virosa

Descriptive notes

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.

Campus distribution

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)

A few mushrooms were found by the trees behind Dickinson at 3:58pm on October 9, 2018. Kendraouellette (talk) 13:45, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Other notes

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.

External links

Gfredericks 16:52, 13 September 2011 (UTC)