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Death cap

Amanita phalloides

Description:

With neat white gills (lamellae) under its perfectly formed cup, this pretty mushroom looks ready for eating. But since it is an undermined species, who knows what sinister toxins may be inside? Update!!! This turns out to be a very deadly death cap toadstool! The stem has the typical volva and annulus.

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9 Comments

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

I found several different kinds of mushrooms this weekend. They look so pretty and smelt nice too. There were some evidences that something ate them too. I would not touch or eat, unless someone tells me that they are safe. I am glad that I read all of your comments. Thank you very much.

AlexKonig
AlexKonig 9 years ago

agreed with pouihi
-- even expirience mycologist or mushroom-hunter determine them again, carefully before putting them in the pan. If you're a complet fungi-amateur, keep your hands off it or let the id confirm from someone who has expirience. And even than: you're responsibly for your own deeds and health !!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

The person who ate this species last week has not survived =(

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks for your info phalloides. When I first spotted this one I did consider it may be edible (except for the maggot holes). This is in my local park and clearly common in many others. The media report stated that the mortality rate for ingestion is 50%! Keep away.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

Great images for identification purposes Martin if someone is not sure ..

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

There is one person with critical food poisoning from eating this mushroom in Melbourne, Australia this week. The doctor said one mushroom can be fatal!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks for that interesting link pouihi.
Now I have two reasons not to eat this one.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Agreed, it does look close to the death cap toadstool
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_pha...
http://morelmushroomhunting.com/amanita_...
I did notice the holes, I wonder if the maggots survived.

Anurag
Anurag 9 years ago

Looks descent. As you mentioned about eating. I sure would like to. Once they determine if it is safe to eat. Nice spotting!

MartinL
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MartinL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 22, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012

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