Amanita muscaria    (L.:Fr.) Lamarck 

common name(s) : Fly Agaric 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae [sub-genus:Amanita section:Amanita ]  

edibility : poisonous

photo gallery of  Amanita muscaria
photo gallery of  Amanita muscaria potential confusions with  Amanita muscaria toxicity of Amanita muscaria genus Amanita  

The cap is red, orange; its margin is striate. The cap surface is covered with white warty flakes, easily washed away by rain or age, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is fluffy white, bulbous, with warty rings, and a large membranous ring, not striate, with shaggy volval remnants on the edge.

The flesh is unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is not distinctive; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white, free, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in parks, deciduous (sometimes coniferous) woods, on a rather acid soil, most of the time with birch and spruce, also with fir, larch, pine, oak, lime, rarely under beech.

The fruiting period takes place from June to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 13 cm (between 4 and 25 cm)
  height of stem approximately 16 cm (between 7 and 25 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 10 and 30 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Red to orange cap, covered with white pyramidal warts which can be washed off by rain; orange-yellow flesh under the cap cover, white everywhere else; white gills; white stem, with a non-striate membranous ring, and a bulbous base with bits of regularly arranged flaky volval remains

Amanita muscaria is frequent and very widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita muscaria in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita muscaria in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18