Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) - Stock Image

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Amanita muscaria (L. ex Fr.) Hooker, Fly Agaric, Amanite tue-mouches, Fausse Oronge Roter Fliegenpilz, Légyölö galoca. Cap 8–20cm across, globose or hemispherical at first then flattening, bright scarlet covered with distinctive white pyramidal warts which may be washed off by rain leaving the cap almost smooth and the colour fades. Stem 80–180×10–20mm, white, often covered in shaggy volval remnants as is the bulbous base, the white membranous ring attached to the stem apex sometimes becoming flushed yellow from the pigment washed off the cap. Flesh white, tinged red or yellow below the cap cuticle, Taste pleasant, smell faint. Gills free, white. Habitat usually with birch trees, Season late summer to late autumn. Common. Deadly poisonous. It contains many different toxins. Distribution, America and Europe (Source R. Phillips).

This is one of the easiest species to recognize and is quite common, mostly by Birch Trees, in the Netherlands.

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