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Eastern North American Destroying Angel

Amanita bisporigera

Description:

Amanita bisporigera is a deadly poisonous species of fungus in the Amanitaceae family. It is commonly known as the eastern North American Destroying Angel or the Destroying Angel. The mushroom has a smooth white cap that can reach up to 10 cm (3.9 in) across, and a stem, up to 14 cm (5.5 in) long by 1.8 cm (0.71 in) thick, that has a delicate white skirt-like ring near the top. The bulbous stem base is covered with a membranous sac-like volva. The white gills are free from attachment to the stalk and crowded closely together.

Habitat:

The fruit bodies are commonly found near oak, but have been reported in birch-aspen areas in the west. It is most commonly found in eastern North America. This one was photograhed in the midlands of South Carolina in Edgefield County.

Notes:

Amanita bisporigera is considered the most toxic North American Amanita mushroom, with little variation in toxin content between different fruit bodies. Three subtypes of amatoxin have been described: α-, β, and γ-amanitin.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 21, 2009
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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