Saturday, June 23, 2012

Amanita muscaria (fly agaric, fly amanita, toadstool) - Kinnekulle, Sweden

Amanita muscaria is a poisonous and psychoactive fungus which is easily recognizable by its white stem and white-spotted deep red cap. It is widely encountered in popular culture. Altough generally considered as poisonous, deaths from its consumption is extremely rare and it is eaten in some regions after parboiling. It was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the people of Siberia, and nowadays it is primarily famed for its hallucinogenic properties. The white spots may wash out with heavy rain. 

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