Amanita Muscaria Sunshine Coast BC

Key Features

  1. Cap bright red to red-orange with scattered white or yellow warts or flakes (universal veil remnants).
  2. Gills white.
  3. Stalk white, with a bulb at the base.
  4. Partial veil white or yellow, enveloping the young mushroom, then forming a volva at base of stalk.
  5. Volva consisting of one or more scaly rings (not a true sack) at the top of the basal bulb.
  • Other Features: Medium-sized to large; cap often fading with age, the edge usually with short radial grooves or lines; spores white.
  • Where: Common on ground in woods and at their edges (especially with pine, spruce, and birch) or sometimes under planted trees, often in groups or rings. It is the mostly widely distributed amanita in North america.
  • Edibility: Not recommended. Although its intoxicating properties have been known for centuries, it has other potentially dangerous and unpredictable toxic effects.
  • Note: Few mushrooms are as famous as "the bright red one with white spots". A yellow-spotted version also occurs. A third variety has white spots and a yellow to yellow-orange cap; it is common in northeastern North America but frequent in the West.

- p.77 , All That the Rain Promises and More...A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Muchrooms by David Arora (1991)

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Amanita Muscaria Sunshine Coast