Pretty poison

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

round, fat mushrooms. the caps are red, with white spots
Photo by Jo Simmons

The genus Amanita contains about 600 species of agarics, including some of the most toxic known mushrooms found worldwide, as well as some well-regarded edible species. This genus is responsible for approximately 95% of the fatalities resulting from mushroom poisoning, with the death capaccounting for about 50% on its own. The most potent toxin present in these mushrooms is α-amanitin.

Photo by Jo Simmons

The genus also contains many edible mushrooms, but mycologists discourage mushroom hunters, other than knowledgeable experts, from selecting any of these for human consumption.


Photo by Jo Simmons

These photos were taken in Shoreline.


Anonymous,  October 22, 2020 at 11:58 AM  

More information would have been very if we find them in our yards and gardens, how do we get rid of them? I am going to assume we shouldn't put them in the green yard waste bins. Could they be put in plastic bags and then put in the garbage cans? If we just let them rot in the yard, what happens to animals or people who walk through the rot?

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