Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa), ‘Destroying Angel’                                Atkinson (5 Photos and Description)

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)00648

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa) Deadly ‘Destroying Angel,’ is the most poisonous of our native eastern Amanitas. It contains cyclopeptides that destroy the liver. A protein called alpha amanitin, a cyclopedtide, works by slowly attacking a liver enzyme. Liver and kidneys are affected about 6 to 24 hours after consumption. Symptoms include violent cramps and diarrhea. There is a false remission of symptoms by the third day. On the 4th and 5th day the liver and kidneys continue to break down. Death follows unless a liver transplant can be performed. The same toxin is in Galerina marginata.

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)02020

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)

Amanita bisporigera02429

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)

Amanita bisporigera button1020146

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)3095

Amanita bisporigera (Amanita virosa)