Destroying Angel

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A beautiful but deadly mushroom causing the same symptoms as Amanita phalloides. Fairly rare.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Destroying Angel
Scientific Name Amanita virosa
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex then conical to almost flat but usually retaining an umbo. The cap is pure white and can be viscid.

Gills

Gills white, free of the stem, quite crowded.

Stem

White with a fibrous skin. As with other Amanitas the stem starts from a bulbous volva but the skirt is fragile and often missing or slight.

Skirt

A slight skirt with no striations which can be easily damaged or missing.

Volva

A large bulbous volva that can be deep under the surface.

Flesh

Pure white.

Habitat

Most mixed woodland, particularly deciduous.

Spore Print

White. Globose.

Taste / Smell

DO NOT try any of this mushroom.

Frequency

Fairly rare.

Other Facts

Although causing many 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. The main poison, alpha amanatin, kills liver cells and passes through the kidneys to be recirculated and cause more damage.

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