Fly Agaric/Fly Amanita  (Amanita muscaria)

Fly Agaric/Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria)

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One of the most showy mushrooms and is familiar to most people as the classic toadstool found in fairy tales.
Although classified as poisonous, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare as it is so recognizable.
When it first emerges from the forest floor, the young Fly Agaric are covered entirely in white warts.
(Warts are remnants of the universal veil, an external membrane that protects the developing mushroom) As the caps expand the red shows through until eventually the cap shows mainly red skin with white warts distributed more or less evenly across its surface. Heavy rain or even contact with animals is sometimes enough to remove some or all of the warts from the cap of a Fly Agaric, so you may see some 'bald' specimens.
The cap of ranges from 10 to 20cm (3.9 to 7.9 in) in diameter at maturity, and they are red or occasionally orange.
The stems are 10 to 25cm (3.9 to 9.8 in) long and 1.5 to 2cm (.6 to .8 in) in diameter and is white, ragged with a grooved hanging white ring/skirt.
The name Fly Agaric stems from the use of this fungi as an insecticide in some parts of Europe, including England and Germany. Often the cap was broken up and sprinkled into milk to form an irresistible, yet deadly trap for flying insects.
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