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Cap on a stem; gills below cap [mushrooms or mushroom-like]Amanita muscaria

Fly agaric

 

The fruit body is a mushroom with a cap atop a central stem. At maturity the cap is generally red (but may be more orange-red) and usually with numerous white flecks of tissue on the cap surface. Those flecks are remnants of the universal veil (a membrane that enveloped the whole mushroom at the button stage). The veil remnants on the cap may disappear over time. The gills and stem are white. At the bulbous stem base, remnants of the universal veil remain as rings of white scales. This species also has a partial veil (that covers the gills in an immature mushroom) and in a mature mushroom this remains as a skirt-like ring of tissue around the upper part of the stem.

 

Spore print: white.

 

This is an introduced species from the northern hemisphere and in Australia is found mostly near introduced northern hemisphere trees (especially pines, oaks and birches).

 

In Tasmania and New Zealand it has been found growing in native forests, miles away from any introduced trees. While it has evolved and formed mycorrhizas with various northern hemisphere plants it is clear that in Australasia it has been able to adapt to other mycorrhizal partners.

 

It should not be possible to mistake Amanita muscaria for any other species.

 

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Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Yarralumla, ACT - 19 Jun 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 12 Jun 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Campbell, ACT - 10 Jun 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Watson, ACT - 29 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Deakin, ACT - 22 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bago State Forest - 19 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Kingston, ACT - 15 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 12 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 7 May 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 27 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 27 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 24 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 24 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 23 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Macquarie, ACT - 22 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Mongarlowe River - 14 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Mongarlowe River - 14 Apr 2019 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Australian National University - 21 Jun 2018 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 10 Jun 2018 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 24 May 2017 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 5 May 2017 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 29 Apr 2017 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 3 Jul 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 25 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 24 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 20 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 11 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Red Hill, ACT - 10 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Forrest, ACT - 6 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bruce Ridge - 6 Jun 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 20 May 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 16 May 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Canberra, ACT - 16 May 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 13 May 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bago State Forest - 16 Apr 2016 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Australian National University - 29 Jun 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Braddon, ACT - 5 May 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 30 Apr 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 28 Apr 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Canberra, ACT - 17 Apr 2015 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Calwell, ACT - 31 May 2014 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 18 Apr 2012 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Wamboin, NSW - 27 Mar 2012 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Rob Roy Range - 24 Mar 2012 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Yarralumla, ACT - 8 Jun 2010 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 31 May 2010 Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 27 Apr 2010
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Yarralumla, ACT - 19 Jun 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 12 Jun 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Campbell, ACT - 10 Jun 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Watson, ACT - 29 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Deakin, ACT - 22 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bago State Forest - 19 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Kingston, ACT - 15 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 12 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 7 May 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 27 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 27 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 24 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 24 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 23 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Macquarie, ACT - 22 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Mongarlowe River - 14 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Mongarlowe River - 14 Apr 2019
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Australian National University - 21 Jun 2018
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 10 Jun 2018
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 24 May 2017
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 5 May 2017
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 29 Apr 2017
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 3 Jul 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Fadden Hills Pond - 25 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 24 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 20 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 11 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Red Hill, ACT - 10 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Forrest, ACT - 6 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bruce Ridge - 6 Jun 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 20 May 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 16 May 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Canberra, ACT - 16 May 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Namadgi National Park - 13 May 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Bago State Forest - 16 Apr 2016
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Australian National University - 29 Jun 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 23 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Majura, ACT - 16 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Braddon, ACT - 5 May 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 30 Apr 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 28 Apr 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Canberra, ACT - 17 Apr 2015
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Calwell, ACT - 31 May 2014
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at National Arboretum Forests - 18 Apr 2012
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Wamboin, NSW - 27 Mar 2012
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Rob Roy Range - 24 Mar 2012
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Yarralumla, ACT - 8 Jun 2010
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 31 May 2010
Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 27 Apr 2010

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