Description & Appearance of Fly Agaric Mushroom

The Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric) is a beautiful large brightly colored fascinating mushroom. The somewhat viscid, ovate, hemispheric, and finally almost flat cap measures 3-8 inches (8-20cm) when fully mature. There are three varieties, one with blood-red and white warts found in the Old World and northwestern North America; a yellow or orange type with yellowish warts common in eastern and central North America; and a white variety that is found in Idaho. The cylindrical stem, which has a bulbous base, is white, 1/2-1 in (1-3cm) thick, with a conspicuous cream-white ring covered basically with encircling scales. The white valve adheres to the base of the stem. The gills vary from white to cream color or even lemon yellow.

 

When these mushrooms first spore from the ground, they are egg like in appearance with warty surface markings. Maturing into the distinctive red color and flattening out like plates. The mushrooms have very little smell other than an earthy reminder of their habitat. When dried Fly Agarics aroma can be compared to meat such as beef. Some have described the smell to be a little fishy, but everyone's interpretation is different.

 

The interesting development of an Amanita muscaria is documented below:

 

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Although the fly agaric is the most easily recognizable of all the fungi, confusion can sometimes occur. The fly agaric is most commonly confused with a related species, Amanita regalis that is found primarily in the mountains at altitudes above 400 meters. The fly agaric can also be confused with the panther mushroom (Amanita pantherina) or Caesar's Amanita, a delicious culinary mushroom. In the button stage, the fly agaric bears a certain resemblance to puffballs: "Very young fly agarics that are not yet showing any red on the outside can also be confused with the common puffball".