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The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. Many thanks to Paul Brooker for the photo.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. Many thanks to Paul Brooker for the photo.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes.
A Young Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. Many thanks to Ditte Bandini for the photo.
A Young Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. Many thanks to Ditte Bandini for the photo.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. This is at its 'egg' stage where they could possibly be confused with Puffballs.
The Death Cap, Amanita phalliodes. This is at its 'egg' stage where they could possibly be confused with Puffballs.


Mushroom Type Poisonous
   
Latin Name Amanita Phalliodes
   
Season Start July
Season End November
   
Maximum height (CM) 15
Maximum width (CM) 12
   
Smell Sweet getting stronger on drying.
Gills White/cream, free of the stem. Crowded.
Spore Print White. Elliptical to subglobose.
Stem White bulbous and surrounded by a thin veil (volva) which is sack-like at ground height, tapering slightly towards the cap. The top of the volva will often be found attached to the stem more than halfway up, looking like a skirt.
Cap Convex at first looking a little like a Puff Ball then opening and flattening. Olive/green sometimes with a flush of tan or yellow. Slimy when wet but still looking shiny when dry.
Flesh White.
Habitat Most mixed woodland, particularly with oak and other deciduous trees.
Description Although causing the most fatalities this deadly fungus has no known antidote. The symptoms start several hours after ingestion with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains and can last for a few days; this is followed by what seems to be a full recovery for a few days but ending in death from kidney and liver failure.

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