|Amanita phalloides||Pluteaceae||Death Cap|
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Amanita phalloides, Death Cap. Many people are alarmed to hear how common the Death Cap is in Guernsey. However, if one reflects that there have been no records of poisoning by this organism in the history of the island, I hope they are reassured. Here you can see the typical colour of the cap, a shiny olive green-brown. Be aware that this colour can be washed off in very heavy rain. The stipe and gills are pure white, and there is usually a long hanging ring, and also a cup-like volva at the base from which the sporophyte arises. It has often been nibbled by rabbits or slugs, whose metabolism can apparently deal with the toxins as ours cannot. Only a small amount of ingested flesh can be fatal, and symptoms do not arise until about 24 hours later when it is sometimes too late. Many more people are saved from Death Cap poisoning these days, but only after a long and painful struggle. It grows to around 18cm high, cap diameter c.6-9cm.
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