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Fly Agaric

Amanita muscaria

Description:

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the southern hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour, have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolvata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.

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2 Comments

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 9 years ago

Makes me want to hum Mario Brothers theme!

Pietra C. Araujo
Pietra C. Araujo 9 years ago

I loved it, mainly the second picture... congratulations!

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Spotted on Mar 20, 2012
Submitted on Mar 20, 2012

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