Destroying angel?

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Destroying angel?

Post by fungible » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:02 pm

What's that about all mushrooms being edible at least once?

I found this on a steep, sandy hill beside a road, under broadleaf trees in early November a couple of years ago (note: the third picture doesn't show a bite taken out of the cap - this is how I found it!):

Destroying Angel 3.jpg
Destroying Angel 1.jpg
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Destroying Angel 6.jpg

Pure white everything, crowded, free gills (sorry about the section, the cap broke from the stem), growing out of a volva. Around 10cm tall, 8cm wide cap.

Amanita Virosa (Destroying Angel)?

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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by Flaxton » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:58 am

This looks like A citrina var alba to me. Any aroma?

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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by fungible » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:21 am

I don't recall it smelling of anything. I remember remarking to my son how unusual it was that something so deadly (I'd assumed Destroying Angel) could give so little indication of its danger.

I had considered A Citrina, but all the pics I saw had veil remnants. This had none - unfortunately, I didn't take a photo from the top, but from memory what looks like remnants is insect damage. I know that isn't conclusive.

Now that I look closer, the stipe does seem a little chunkier than most A Virosa photos, which perhaps puts it more in the A Citrina camp.

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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by adampembs » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:45 am

A. citrina has an aroma of raw potatoes. Its quite distinctive. Its also not toxic :)

A virosa should have a sac-like volva rather than a bulbous base. I can see the white velar remnants on the cap.
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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by adampembs » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:48 am

Welcome to UK Fungi btw. What a beautiful mushroom!
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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by fungible » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:05 am

adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:45 am
A. citrina has an aroma of raw potatoes. Its quite distinctive. Its also not toxic :)

A virosa should have a sac-like volva rather than a bulbous base. I can see the white velar remnants on the cap.
I should have looked more closely at the photos rather than relying on my memory. You're right, it definitely looks like veil remnants on the cap.

Here's another photo of the base:

Destroying A 5.jpg

Lots of insect damage but now I look closer it seems you're probably right about the lack of volva.

I'm still reasonably sure there was no smell, but maybe I shouldn't be relying on my clearly poor memory!

Thanks for the replies.

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Re: Destroying angel?

Post by Chris Yeates » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:20 pm

adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:48 am
Welcome to UK Fungi btw. What a beautiful mushroom!
And carefully collected - always helps . . .
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