A beautiful but poisonous mushroom best left for photography.
|Common Names||Fly agaric|
|Scientific Name||Amanita muscaria|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||20|
|Average Cap width (CM)||25|
Hemispherical at first when it can sometimes be more orangey than red, then opening flat with a bright red cap covered in white to yellow scales which are the remains of the volvic sack. The scales can be washed off during rain to leave a smooth red cap.
Appearing from a volva (a bulbous sack like structure) the stem is white with shaggy remains of the volva sticking to it, it also has a skirt higher up the stem.
Has a bulbous volva with shaggy rings of scales around it rather than any guttering or sac like structure.
White. Ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.
The common name of this mushroom comes from the medieval practice of breaking up the caps and leaving them in milk to stupefy flys. This mushroom also has hallucinogenic properties which the Lapps have used traditionally in ceremonies and even to round up reindeer who seem to love them.