Amanita thick (chunky fly agaric) (Amanita excelsa) photo and description

Fly agaric (Amanita excelsa)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Amanitaceae (Amanitaceae)
  • Genus: Amanita (Amanita)
  • Species: Amanita excelsa (Fly agaric (Amanita chunky))

Fly agaric

Amanita muscaria ( lat.Amanita excelsa , Amanita spissa ) is an inedible mushroom from the genus Amanita (Amanita) of the Amanitaceae family.

Fruit body. The cap ∅ is from 6 to 12 cm, from hemispherical to open , brown, but sometimes gray-brown or silvery-gray, with white or light gray flocculent remains of the bedspread. The edge of the cap is even, not wavy. The plates are white, free. Spore powder is white.

The leg is whitish or gray-brownish, with a white, in the upper part, a weakly wavy ring and a clavate tuber. The pulp is white , slightly grayish under the skin of the cap , with a turnip smell and taste.

Season and location. In summer and autumn, it is found in deciduous and coniferous forests. The fungus is very common.

Similarity. Very similar to other dark fly agarics, especially the poisonous panther fly agaric.

Assessment.  According to some sources, the mushroom is conditionally edible. But due to the similarity to the panther fly agaric, we do not recommend collecting it for novice mushroom pickers.