Belongs to: amanita family

Fly agaric Amanita muscaria

Best time to see: Sep to mid Nov

Key facts

A red-capped mushroom with white patches, often growing very large; cap up to 20cm, stem up to 180 cm

A very common woodland species associated mainly with birch trees

Pieces of the cap in milk or water were once used to catch flies; the dried cap is used in northern Europe as a hallucinogen

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