Amanita Phalloides

(Family: Amanitaceae)
Death Cap
Amanita Phalloides
by: klair


Smooth, slightly shiny when wet. Deadly poisonous - the most poisonous mushroom known.

Pileus (Cap) / Gill:

  • flat Shape: Flat
  • scales Decorations: Scales
  • free Gill attachment: Free
  • No decurrent tooth
  • crowded Gill spacing: Crowded

Initially dome-shaped, becoming flattened. Gills White, may be tinged with green.


  • equal Shape: Equal
  • bulbous Base: Bulbous
  • pendant Annulus: Pendant

Stem 5-13cm long.



Habitat in forest, under oaks, pines and poplars. Common cape, Transvaal after good rains.


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  • AnonymousAnonymous
    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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  • Margo Branch, (2001), First field guide to mushrooms of Southern Africa, Struik