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Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria
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Destroying Angel - Amanita virosa


            

Destroying Angel - Amanita virosa
Edibility: Deadly
Habitat: On the ground in mixed woods; in grass under or near trees
Range: Throughout North America
Season: Late June-early November
Spore Color: White
Mushroom Shape: Veiled Mushrooms with Free Gills
Lookalikes: Several amanitas are called destroying angels: A. verna has smoth stalk and occurs April-June in Pacific NW.
A. bisporigera, a smaller, slender-stalked summer mushroom, has 2-spored basidia, it occurs under hardwood east of the Mississippi from July-October.
A. ocreata, found in the Southwest under oaks in winter and early spring, has center of capbecoming buff with age. All are differentiated by their spores, but all are daedly
Description: White mushroom with flaring to ragged ring on stalk: large. Saclike c-up about base. Cap: 2-5" (5-12.5 cm) wide; convex to flat with central swelling, or nearly flat; margin smooth; tacky when wet, smooth, dull to shiny white, may discolor at center of cap with age. Gills: free or attached, close, narrow to moderately broad, white. Stalk: 3-8" (7.5-20 cm) long, (0.5-2 cm) thick, sometimes enlarging downward to basal bulb; cottony to somewhat shaggy, white; with ring and sheathing cup. Veils: universal veil white; leaving large, membranous, persistent, saclike cup with free limb. Partial veil membranous, white; leaving large, pendant, often torn ring on upper stalk. Spores: 9-11 X 7-9 u; nearly round to round, smooth, colorless, amyloid Spore print white.
Keywords: Destroying, Angel
Date: 06.04.2003 05:47
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