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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





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.


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