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Amanita Phalloides

   (Family: Amanitaceae)
Common name: Death Cap EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Deadly
Size: 40 - 150 mm
Yellowish green to White
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Spore colour:
Smell / taste: Sickly sweet to foetid.
Fruiting season: winter
General info: EDIT
Smooth, slightly shiny when wet. Deadly poisonous - the most poisonous mushroom known.
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: flat
Pileus (Cap) decorations: scales
Gill attachment: free
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: crowded
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Initially dome-shaped, becoming flattened.
Gills White, may be tinged with green.
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: equal
Stem base: bulbous
Annulus: pendant
  Stem info: EDIT
  Stem 5-13cm long.
Habitat: unknown
Habitat info: EDIT
Habitat in forest, under oaks, pines and poplars. Common cape, Transvaal after good rains.
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23 February 2013 08:15
Would it not be a good idea to obtain photographs of this species being so deadly?
Paul, Bryanston
1 April 2013 14:38
We really appreciate it when members and users of our website contribute their photos but since they have been rather slow on the uptake we have put a photo in for you.
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  • H Levin, M Branch, S Rappoport,D Mitchell (1985), Mushrooms of South Africa, Struik  
  • Margo Branch, (2001), First field guide to mushrooms of Southern Africa, Struik  


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