*Distribution & Habitat

 

The Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) grows only in symbiosis with birch (Betula spp.) and/or pine (Pinus spp.) trees. But in those places in which these trees occur, it is found throughout the world. It can be found in arctic temperatures and even in tropical climate zones (Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, central Europe, North America, Australia, Mexico, the Philippines). It sometimes occurs in the form of fairy rings.

 

Fairy Rings

"Certain species of mushrooms grow in "witches' rings", also know as fairy rings or elf dance sites. These small sites are assumed the sites where fairy's and witches would dance at night. These fairy rings appear when the decaying fruiting bodies from the mushrooms of the previous year fertize the meycelia that are growing out at the border. The thread like fibers (which have the same function as a root system) then cause new mushrooms to grow around".

 

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) Cultivation

To date (2005), attempts to grow or cultivate fly agaric mushrooms have been unsuccessful.