Fly agaric

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A beautiful but poisonous mushroom best left for photography.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Fly agaric
Scientific Name Amanita muscaria
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 20
Average Cap width (CM) 25
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Gills

Gills white to cream, fairly crowded and not joined to the stem.

Stem

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.

Skirt

Large, pendulous white/off white skirt, usually with yellow edges.

Volva

Has a bulbous volva with shaggy rings of scales around it rather than any guttering or sac like structure.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Birch woods but can be found in other mixed woodland.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

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.

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