Amanita virosa/Amanita bisporigera
- Common Name(s):
- Death Angel, Destroying Angel
- Poisonous Plants
Amanita bisporigera (Death Angel) is a 2-spored, smaller species than A. virosa. Both are deadly poisonous. The lag period following initial symptoms is especially dangerous as the patient is lulled into a false sense of security.
- Cap white, smooth, center may become a dull tannish white with age; gills white, not attached to the stalk, close; stalk white, cottony to somewhat pearly, sometimes with a bulbous base; annulus white, large, flaring, persistent, located at the top of the stalk, cup-like sheath (volva) at the base of the stalk, white; spore print white.
- USA, NC
- Throughout NC
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Symptoms may occur 6-24 hours after eating and include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, which may persist 6-9 hours. Initial symptoms are frequently followed by a lag period up to 24 hours. During this symptomless period, toxins are severely affecting the liver, resulting in gastrointestinal bleeding, coma, kidney failure, and death, usually within 7 days of eating.
- NOT EDIBLE!
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area, landscape; singly or in small groups in mixed oak-hardwood conifer forests
NCCES plant id: 961