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Meadow Mushroom - Agaricus campestris
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Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria


Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria
Edibility: Hallucinogenic
Habitat: On the ground, under pine, spruce, and birch; also live oak and madrone in California, spruce at higher elevations.
Range: Rocky Mountains and Pacific Coast; rare in East, but reported in Maine, Connecticut, and New York.
Season: July-October; winter in California.
Spore Color: White
Mushroom Shape: Veiled Mushrooms with Free Gills
Lookalikes: The variety regalis is yellowish brown with yellow scales, and in North America, the variety formosa is orange-yellow; both poisonous.
Description: Blood-red cap with pyramidal. white patches; stalk has ring and bulbous base Leith rows of cottony patches. Cap: 2-10" (5-25 cm) wide; convex to flat or somewhat sunken; margin somewhat radially lined. sometimes with hanging remnants of veil; tacky when wet, smooth; blood-red to reddishorange, with random or concentrically arranged cottony patches. Gills: free or slightly attached, crowded, broad, whitish. Stalk: 2-7" (5-18 cm) long, (0.3-3 cm) thick, sometimes enlarging toward rounded basal bulb; fibrous to cottony or scaly, white to cream. Veils: universal veil white; leaving conical to flat patches on cap that are often in concentric rings, and concentric bands on lower stalk, sometimes as rim at tip of bulb. Partial veil membranous, white; leaving pendant, fragile, often collapsing ring on upper stalk. Spores: 9.4-13 X 6.3-8.7 u broadly elliptical, smooth, colorless, nonamyloid.
Keywords: Fly, Agaric, Amanita, muscaria
Date: 04.08.2003 11:59
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