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False Deathcap

This is a common species that occurs in both broad-leaved and mixed woodland, especially where birch or beech is present. It is one of the infamous amanita fungi, some of which are decidely dangerous! This one, however, is the false death cap, not the the death cap itself.

These amanita species often feature a collar around the stipe where the cap covering parted from the stipe as the cap emerged. This collar can be near the top of the stipe in some species and at ground levl in others. The cap starts out convex but flattens as the fruiting body matures as in this photograph. Like many fungi this species can be found in late summer and thoughout the autumn.

It is considered to be mildly poisonous whereas its close cousin, the true death cap is undoubtedly fatal! Best left alone; if you choose right and its the false death cap you just end up ill which seems better than the alternative if you make a mistake! 


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