A beautiful but deadly mushroom causing the same symptoms as Amanita phalloides. Fairly rare.
|Common Names||Destroying Angel|
|Scientific Name||Amanita virosa|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||12|
|Average Cap width (CM)||12|
Convex then conical to almost flat but usually retaining an umbo. The cap is pure white and can be viscid.
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.
Taste / Smell
DO NOT try any of this mushroom.
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-amanitin, kills liver cells and passes through the kidneys to be recirculated and cause more damage.