This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Fly Agaric
- Poisonous Plants
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.
- USA, NC
- Throughout NC
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- 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.
- NOT EDIBLE!
- 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