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Amanita muscaria

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Fly Agaric
Category:
Poisonous Plants
Comment:

This is a variable species with several color varieties recognized. The cherry red form is not frequently found in North Carolina. Fruiting bodies may reach nearly 12 inches in diameter and 6-8 inches high.

Description:
Cap color variable (red, salmon-red, orange, or yellow), covered with white or yellow "scales" or patches of tissue, margin striate; gills white, not attached to stalk, close; stalk white to off-white with a somewhat bulbous base; annulus white or with some yellow patches, thin; stalk below the annulus with scales often in concentric rings; spore print white.
Origin:
USA, NC
Distribution:
Throughout NC
Poison Part:
Mushroom
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Patient appears to be intoxicated, hallucinations, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea, muscle spasms, hypotension, agitation; some symptoms may appear in a few minutes to several hours following ingestion; most symptoms are gone after 24 hours. The few deaths reported are in very young, old, or chronically ill individuals who were severely poisoned.
Edibility:
NOT EDIBLE!
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Forest or natural area, landscape; singly, scattered, in dense groups or even in "fairy rings" in mixed hardwood-pine forests

NCCES plant id: 959

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