Amanita virosa

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Amanita virosa

27 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Species

Amanita virosa

Common Name

Destroying Angel

Fruiting Body

Convex, expanding with age, with a broad central bump, surface smooth, silky when dry, sticky when wet, sometimes with veil remnants at the margin, white, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, white

Stem

Fibrous, ring fragile, growing from a distinct fleshy sack, or volva, base bulbous, white

Flesh

White

Taste

Do not taste

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In woods with deciduous trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, smooth (8-1) µm

Edibility

Deadly poisonous

Notes

This species is easily separated from A. citrina by the presence of a volva

Additional Photographs

Amanita virosa

27 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin