Fly-poison amanita

Fly-poison amanita - Whole fruiting bodies
  • Latin name: Amanita muscaria (L.:Fr.) Hooker
  • French name: Amanite tue-mouche
  • Division: Basidiomycota
  • Class: Agaricales
  • Synonym(s): Amanita muscaria americana (Fr.) Hooker f.s. Gilb.,
    Amanita muscaria var. americana (Fr.) Lange,
    Amanita muscaria var. formosa (Fr.) Hooker
Description

Micro-habitat(s)

Litter

Distribution

Canada

Damage, symptoms and biology

The cap is yellow and turns redder over time. It is convex-shaped and covered with yellowish white scales that often disappear during heavy rainfall. The flesh is white and slightly yellowish under its firm cuticle. It has an unpleasant smell and a slightly bitter taste. The gills are white and turn yellow with age. They are ventricose, free and quite close together. The stem has a floccose volva that is covered with scaly bulges and a membranous white ring. It is white to yellowish in colour. The stem is hollow and covered with fibrils. The species produces white spores.

Other information

The fly-poison amanita is toxic and hallucinogenic.

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Fly-poison amanita

Information on host(s)

Deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests. Also along the edge of woodlands, in clearings and often on acidic soils.

Photos
  • Fly-poison amanita Whole fruiting bodies
  • Fly-poison amanita Young fruiting bodies
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