Welcome to Mushroom World

Step into the fascinating world of mushrooms with Mushroom World - your go-to resource for fungi information. Our site is a comprehensive resource offering information and stunning images of mushrooms mainly found in Europe and North America.

Since there are thousands of known species of mushrooms, we have tried to limit those we list to the most common ones. New species are also continuously added to the site.

So come on in and explore the wonders of mushrooms with us. We hope you find our site informative, inspiring, and a valuable resource on your journey of mushroom discovery.

Below is an overview of the main features and functionalities of our site.

Browse the database

You can browse the database from the alphabetical list or search the database based on mushroom names or properties.

Help identify a mushroom

If you know the characteristics of a mushroom but need help identifying it, try using our mushroom identification helper. It is a tool designed to assist you in identifying mushrooms that you may come across.

If this site cannot help you, we recommend mushroomobserver.org, a community site for mushroom identification. There are also many Facebook groups for mushroom identification, like the public Mushroom Identification group.

Identification Quiz

We have also created a quiz where you can test your fungi identification knowledge. You can repeat the quiz as many times as you want, each time with new questions.

Upload mushroom pictures

If you have pictures of mushrooms you would like to have included on our site, please use the upload form to upload these files and we will see if we can include them.

Today's Mushroom

Today's mushroom is Amanita bisporigera (Eastern destroying angel). It grows in North America, Mexico.

Dimensions: Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 6-14 cm tall * 0.7-1.8 cm thick

Description: Amanita bisporigera, commonly known as Eastern destroying angel or Death Angel is the most widely distributed and commonly encountered "destroying angel" of eastern North America. Like other members of the species group, it features stark white colours and a prominent sack around the base of the stem, along with a bald cap that almost always lacks patches or warts. It grows mainly in mixed coniferous and deciduous forests.

Cap egg-shaped to convex to somewhat flattened. Surface smooth and white, sometimes with a pale tan- or cream-coloured tint in the center. The surface is either dry or slightly sticky when the environment is moist. The flesh is thin and white, and does not change colour when bruised. The margin of the cap is rolled inwards in young specimens. Gills white and crowded closely together. They are either free from attachment to the stipe or just barely reach it. Stem thick, solid and tapers slightly upward. The surface, in young specimens especially, is frequently fibrillose (covered with small slender fibers), or squamulose (covered with small scales). The bulb at the base of the stipe is spherical or nearly so. The delicate ring on the upper part of the stipe is a remnant of the partial veil that extends from the cap margin to the stalk and covers the gills during development. It is white, thin, membranous, and hangs like a skirt. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: The spores measure 7-10 µm in length and 6-9 µm in width. They have a smooth surface and are globose to subglobose or very broadly ellipsoid in shape. Additionally, they exhibit amyloid staining.

Amanita bisporigera on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
Amanita bisporigera on the NC State Partners Web site.

The first and third photo is by Huafang and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

This site contains no information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushroom.

 Amanita bisporigera  Amanita bisporigera

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