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Amanita bisporigera 

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*** Warning ***

I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Amanita bisporigera 
[Destroying Angel, Deadly Amanita, White Death Cap, Angel of Death]

Amanita bisporigera is one of the deadliest poisonous species of fungus.  It is particularly pretty and can be easily spotted amongst the greens and browns of a forest floor.  It, along with other species in the Amanitaceae family, such as A. ocreata, A. verna and A. virosa are all commonly known as the "Eastern North American Destroying Angel", or the "Destroying Angel" [Some reference books refer only to Amanita virosa as the Destroying Angel].

Deadly poisonous, this species contains "amatoxin" which results in liver and kidney failure.  This species is considered to be the most toxic North American Amanita mushroom.

The cap of this species is smooth, pure white and may be 5 - 13 cm in width, convex to flat in shape. Gills are free from the cap and crowded closely together.   The stalk may be up to 15cm tall by 2 cm wide.  A delicate white skirt-like ring is just beneath the cap.  The base of the stem is bulbous and sits in a sac-like cup.

It is difficult to tell the difference between A. virosa and A. bisporigera especially visually.  A. bisporigera microscopically has two-spored basidia, and is more slender and delicate.  Specimens can vary in size, so size cannot reliably be used as accurate identification.  Since the images below were taken at the end of July and A. virosa fruits in autumn, I have identified these specimens as A. bisporigera.

Both species fruit on the ground in mixed coniferous and deciduous forests.  

 

 

Destroying Angel - 1
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 2
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 3
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 4
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 5
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 6
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 7
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 8
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 9
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 10
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Look for the three key identification features:

1.  The ring around the stem near the cap;

2.  The cup at the enlarged base of the mushroom;

3.  White gills under the cap.

 

Destroying Angel - 11
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 12
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 13
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 14
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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Destroying Angel - 15
[Photographed in Southern Ontario, Eldred King York Regional Forest, at the end of July]

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