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Fly Agaric

Observed: 18th October 2013 By: AmonSzocsAmonSzocs’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Fly Agaric
Fly Agaric
Fly Agaric
Description:
Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) interacts

Comments

marksteer's picture

Don't let the reindeer get

Don't let the reindeer get near this!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

AmonSzocs's picture

Why is that? excuse my

Why is that? excuse my ignorance

marksteer's picture

Lots of Folklore! You may not

Lots of Folklore! You may not want to hear some of this! Reindeer seem to be partial to A. muscaria. The red skin contains hallucinogens that are not degraded in the body and are excreted in their urine. Shamens in Siberia and Lappland would collect the urine (not sure how!) and drink. Then 'tripping'!
The story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus is tied into this - 'reindeers, flying through the air, delivering presents around the world in 1 night!'
You always see A. muscaria illustrated in 'fairy tales'.
Also the English word 'beserk' probably comes from Norse - some Viking warriors 'Berserkers' probably imbibed A. muscaria before going into battle.
Hope this is of interest!
PLEASE note iSpot warning about using this site to identify fungi for consumption. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THAT YOU TRY A. muscaria.
This can be very dangerous.
Mark

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

AmonSzocs's picture

That`s really interesting. A

That`s really interesting. A world collapsed in me, as I still thought the story about christmas is true... :) I have to find something else to believe in now.

marksteer's picture

Sorry to disappoint you! 'The

Sorry to disappoint you! 'The more you know the more you realise you don't know'!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

marksteer's picture

OH! Forgot to mention Alice

OH! Forgot to mention Alice in Wonderland! Although Lewis Caroll was probably on Laudenam!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know