Amanita Mushrooms
Amanita daucipes
Amanita abrupta
Amanita flavoconia
Amanita rhopalopus
Amanita bisporigera
Amanita parcivolvata
Amanita citrina
Rubescent Amanita
Amanita muscaria var. alba
Amanita muscaria var. formosa
Amanita cokeri
Time-lapse Amanita mushrooms
Amanita brunnescens
Amanita vaginata
Amanita ceciliae
"They are the aristocrats of fungi. Their noble bearing, their beauty, their
power for good and evil, and above all their perfect structure, have placed
them first in their realm...."
One Thousand American Fungi, McIlvaine, et al.,

Indeed, this genus contains some very beautiful mushrooms, some delicious
ones (
Amanita caesarea, Caesar's Mushroom, of Europe), and some deadly
ones (
Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap, worldwide). Even the deadly ones
are said to be good by those who have eaten them, but many died a week
later. While some field guides list members of this genus as edible, and
some people do eat them, especially in Europe, I follow the one hundred
year old advise given by McIlvaine and his friends: "[F]ar better will it be to
leave all alone than to make a mistake."

Amanita mushrooms develop within a universal veil, an egg-like sack that
encloses the mushroom before the cap and stem emerge. Small or large
remnants of the universal veil often remain on the cap and described as
warts or patches. Most species have a ring (annulus) on the stem, which is
the remnant of the partial veil, a delicate tissue that protects the gills during
development. Gills are usually free (not attached to the stem). White spore
print for all species. Grow from the ground, usually woodland settings;
mycorrhizal (symbiotic) with trees. As with all mushrooms collected for
identification, Amanita mushrooms should be dug up and not pulled from the
ground; the bulbous base often holds identification clues.
The Genus Amanita
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