Fly agarics and more!

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 10.

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Here are some fly agarics (Amanita muscaria) growing in an unusual spot! (More down the hole, but I didn’t look too closely.) You never know where this cosmopolitan shroom will pop up!

I have seen a variety of button forms of this iconic species…some studded with warts, some hot-orange without warts, and others the size of an orange. Always interesting! Here are photos of some fly agaric forms:

  • Warty button
  • Wartless button
  • Orange-sized 
  • Classic amanitas (from the edge of a Comox parking lot)

There is nothing else that really looks like the fly agaric, though I was almost fooled by a tricholoma (I think this might be Tricholoma zelleri which in some books is the same thing as Tricholoma focale) at Merville Woods the other day. It was large and bright orange, but had a more slimy cap, and scaly stipe.

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