The destroying angel mushroom

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The destroying angel mushroom

Everybody has heard of angels. Good angels and bad angels. Not everyone has heard of the destroying angel. The destroying angel mushroom is beautifully white, with long slender stalks and elegant caps. The deadly Amanitas or destroying angel mushroom are noted for the following characteristics: White or cream colored gills with white spore prints, gills attached to the stalk but free from the cap, at the base of the stalk a persistent cup the volva which is a remnant of the universal veil that covers the fungi during their early button stage, and a ring or skirt on the stalk also a remnant of the veil. Not all Amanitas have these characteristics.

The kingdom of the destroying angel mushroom is fungi. The structure of the fungi is thread like fillaments called hyphae which develope into fungal spores. Hyphae elongate at their tips and branch extensively to form a network of filaments called a mycelium.

In mushrooms the hyphae are more tightly packed.

The phyla of the destroying angel mushroom are oomycota, zygomycota, ascomycota, and basidionycoti. The oomycota is composed of algae like fungi that range from single cells to a complex mass of hyphae. Zygomycota are characterized by the formation of sexual thick walled zygospores and sexual, non-swimming sporangiospores. The genes of the destroying angel mushroom are amanita. Amanita is another word for mushrooms.

This deadly mushroom can mostly be found growing in North America but mostly in Nova Scotia. They can be found on hardwood and on mixed forests especially during the wet season.

The heterothroph mushroom obtains nutrients through a process called extracellular digestion, which means that the food was digested outside the cell. The product of the digestion is then absorbed.

Most fungi reproduce through spores. The fungi produce spores. When a fungal...