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*Amanita muscaria*

Van Coleman

Ashland, United States

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Amanita muscaria

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Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the ‘fly agaric’ or’ fly Amanita,’ is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita.

With its bright orange-red or red, sometimes dinner plate-sized caps, Amanita muscaria is one of the most striking of all mushrooms. The white warts that adorn the cap, white gills, well developed ring and distinctive volva of concentric rings separate the Fly Agaric from all other mushrooms. There are several color varieties of A. muscaria in the U.S. ranging from red to orange, yellow and white.

I captured this ‘shroom’ while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as it grows wild there and is plentiful. I had no idea at the time that I was taking a picture of an “Amanita muscaria,”
a very poisonous mushroom that could bring death immediately to a human being if eaten raw!! Photo shot in natural color and light.

Photo shot with my Nikon CoolPix 4300 digital camera.

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