Amanita muscaria – The Fly Agaric: 1

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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (an uncharacteristic juvenile form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (juvenile form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (transitioning from juvenile to adult red form)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (past its prime)
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Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric (uprooted mushroom showing stipe and gills)

Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita
introduced pest species
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae
Stirling – June, 2011 – roadside verge of mixed vegetation near Aptos Cruz Gallery

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

This distinctive, common fungus is an introduced species and is considered a pest. It is the epitome of the fantasy toadstool and is often seen in illustration and so forth. It is poisonous, although when carefully prepared, some people in other countries use them in food dishes. All the specimens here were growing on a roadside verge in close proximity to each other and no other Amanita species were present. The earliest form is a little uncharacteristic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

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4 thoughts on “Amanita muscaria – The Fly Agaric: 1”

    1. Thanks Karin – There was some speculation as to whether the silvery ball in the top picture was an Amanita muscaria, but it was surrounded by others that clearly showed the transitional phases and was the only Amanita species in the locale – The slightly dry conditions may have produced the leaner, harder-looking juvenile pelt that was cause for discussion. Fungi are difficult, and even within a species, there is much diversity of shape and condition dependent on age, site, available nutrition and moisture, so the forms and colours vary greatly.

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