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Amanita muscaria

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
am-ah-NEE-tah mus-KAR-ee-ah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

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.

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.

 

Found in: Forest or natural area, landscape; singly, scattered, in dense groups or even in "fairy rings" in mixed hardwood-pine forests

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#mushroom#fairy rings#poisonous mushroom
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#mushroom#fairy rings#poisonous mushroom
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amanita
    Species:
    muscaria
    Family:
    Amanitaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, NC
    Distribution:
    Throughout NC
    Edibility:
    NOT EDIBLE! (Poisonous)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Children
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! Poisonous parts: Mushroom. Poisonous if ingested. Symptoms may include: 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.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems