Amanita phalloides: The Death Cap Mushroom

This exhibit looks at the poisonous aspect of Amanita phalloides as well as some of its fun, if not entirely accurate, appearances in popular culture. It also highlights some important and early identifications and illustrations of this fungus. For such a deadly mushroom, it is truly frightening how often it has been misidentified and misrepresented in mycological literature.

This exhibit uses materials from the Farlow Library, Archives, and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany to illustrate the varied representations of Amanita phalloides, dating from 1727 through the present, in literature, illustration, specimen, and even in song!