|Lovely, pale yellow Pleuortus growing on a fallen pine tree. You can see the gills of the specimen on the left.|
That is not the case with the mushrooms in the next two photos. These are an Amanita spp., either A. phalloides, known as Death Cap or A. bisporigera, known as Destroying Angel or Death Angel. You get the idea. These are deadly mushrooms, the ones that have given wild mushrooms a bad rap as a food source.
This young specimen still has a closed cap, but you can see some of the volva, or full veil, on the right of the base of the stipe, that used to cover the entire mushroom before the stipe began elongating. After I took the photo, I dug down and found the underground part of the volva that encapsulated the mushroom like an eggshell at an earlier stage of development. I neglected to get a picture of that. :-(
|If you enlarge the photo by clicking on it, you can see flecks of the volva on the left side of the cap.|
I took photos of a more mature specimen in which the cap had expanded a bit and the stipe had elongated even more.The slightly yellowish color of the cap and top of the stipe make me think that this might be A. bisporagera instead of A. phalloides, which is usually solid white. But A.p. has some color variability and also some of the color on the cap of this one is probably just bruising. In all practicality, it doesn't make too much difference, as both are deadly poisonous. This website has good descriptions and photos.
|Here you can see the annulus or ring around the stipe which is a remnant of the partial veil that covered the gills before the cap opened. You can also see part of the volva at the base of the stipe where I pulled back part of the leaf litter.|