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Amanita phalloides

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Amanita phalloides (NL: Groene knolamaniet / EN: Death cap / DE: Grüne Knollenblätterpilz, Grüne Gift-Wulstling / FR: Amanite phalloïde , Oronge verte, Calice de la mort) is a deadly poisonous basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Widely distributed across Europe, A. phalloides forms ectomycorrhizas with various broadleaved trees. Coincidentally, these toxic mushrooms resemble several edible species commonly consumed by humans, increasing the risk of accidental poisoning. A. phalloides is one of the most poisonous of all known toadstools. It is estimated that 30 grams, or half a cap, of this mushroom is enough to kill a human. It has been involved in the majority of human deaths from mushroom poisoning, possibly including the deaths of Roman Emperor Claudius and Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. It has been the subject of much research, and many of its biologically active agents have been isolated. The principal toxic constituent is α-amanitin, which damages the liver and kidneys, often fatally.

Image: Watermaal-Bosvoorde (B) - 03/10/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/25 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Grat capture.
A Happy and Holy Christmas.

24 Dec 2011 9:59am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks again for your comment, Ana.
Hope you have a good start for 2012

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful framing !!! Superb photo ! Merry Christmas to you!

24 Dec 2011 11:29am

@Mhelene: Thanks for your visit and comment, Mhelene.
Have a great 2012 !

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Prettige Feestdagen oor jou en je familie :)

24 Dec 2011 12:52pm

@Tamara: Dank, Tamara.
Een fijn 2012 gewenst voor je !

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful & well done macro! I wish you a merry x-mas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW-CJh4gBAI&feature=related

24 Dec 2011 1:48pm

@Ralf Kesper: Thanks Ralph.
Hope you have a nice 2012 !

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Dag Johan,
Een mooie foto heb je weer gemaakt.
Ik wens jou en je familie fijne feestdagen toe!
Groeten, Aubélia

24 Dec 2011 2:21pm

@Aubélia: Dank voor al je commentaren van het voorbije jaar, Aubèlia.
Voor jou en al wie je dierbaar is: een fijn 2012 !

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Mooie opname van deze giftige paddo.
Ik wens ook jou en je familie prettige kerstdagen toe!

24 Dec 2011 3:53pm

@Lia: Dank Lia.
Een fijn 2012 gewenst voor je !

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Interesting information. It could make one very leery of eating wild mushrooms.

24 Dec 2011 8:40pm

@Julie L. Brown: It can be very dangerous indeed ...
Hope you have a great 2012, Julie !

Canon EOS 400D
1/25 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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