Destroying Angel Amanita bisporigera G. F. Atkinson  Synonyms: Amanita verna, Amanita virosa.

Status:

Deadly poisonous. "Amanita bisporigera is by far the most toxic mushroom known in North America." (M. Woehrel & W. Light. Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians, 301.)

Usually found solitary, occasionally in small groups. On ground in hardwood or mixed forests, also on lawns.

Amanita virosa and Amanita verna often appear in older field guides. Recent research indicates that neither of those species may exist in North America.

Description:

Cap: Conic to flat, white (may have discolored disc), smooth, dry to sticky, unlined margin, white flesh. Disagreeable odor in age. Gills: White, close, free. Stalk: White, typically tapers up, skirt-like ring near top, smooth to floccose, hollow, sac-like volva. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

Relationships:

Deadly poisonous to humans.

There are 4 records in the project database.

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Destroying Angel (mature fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Destroying Angel (partial veil covering gills) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Destroying Angel in Howard Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). Fruiting body showing shirt-like ring, gills, stalk, and volva. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Destroying Angel in Howard Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). A fruiting body with partially discolored cap. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Destroying Angel in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Destroying Angel specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). Round, smooth, hyaline. Measured 7.6 – 9.1 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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