Fly Agaric Mushroom

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Fly agaric mushroom.png  Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Identification

This mushroom resembles the Super Mario mushrooms whith its bright red cap and white dots.  Rather large, a fully grown cap can be as large as an adults hand-span. It frequently has the remains of its veil hanging on its stalk.  Where the stalk meets the ground there is often a pronounced bulb.

Edibility

This mushroom can produce psychedelic reactions and even death.  Fatalities caused by this mushroom are rare, but the concentrations of toxins vary widely between mushrooms, season and region.


Photo by Lily Martin (Class 2012)