Death caps in Comox Valley

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 7.

Many of you have likely heard about the discovery of the death cap mushroom in the Comox Valley. Here is some more information from Alison M.:

Re: the confirmation of the death cap Amanita phalloides in Comox, obviously my earlier comment on its not having been seen in the valley should be corrected.  It was found in association with Corylus avellana, hazelnut trees from Mack Laing’s orchard, so clearly in keeping with its preference for hardwoods of European origin.

I am assuming that the spores came from an introduced ornamental, with a variety of vectors possibly including deer or squirrels. It would be interesting to know how long the mycelium could have been present without fruiting.

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