Fly Amanita Amanita muscaria (Linnaeus) Lamark    Synonyms: Amanita muscaria guessowii, Amanita muscaria var. formosa, Amanita muscaria var. guessowii, Fly Agaric.
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Agaricales   >   Family Amanitaceae   >   Genus Amanita   

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Although poisonous, it has a long history as an inebriant, used by the Russian shamans to induce visions among their tribe members. Because of its toxicity, it was eaten only by the holy men, who were said to be immune to its toxins and who would then distribute their urine around for its hallucinatory purposes. Other alleged uses, such as the cap being placed in a dish of milk to kill flies, has not been documented. (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)

There are 52 records in the project database.

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A Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria var. guesowii) in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/23/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

A Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria var. guesowii) in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/23/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

A Fly Amanita in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/3/2020). (c) wearethechampignons, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by wearethechampignons via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/30/2020). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/30/2020). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/30/2020). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/3/2020). (c) wearethechampignons, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by wearethechampignons via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Fly Amanita in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/2/2009). Identified by Paul Noell. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Determined by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/3/2020). (c) wearethechampignons, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by wearethechampignons via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

An Amanita muscaria in Howard Co., Maryland (9/1/2009). This was our 3,000th photo species posted for Maryland Biodiversity Project! Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Harford Co., Maryland (9/17/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Harford Co., Maryland (9/17/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/14/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Fly Amanita specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (9/17/2008). Eliptical, smooth; measured 8.9-11.4 X 6.1-6.8 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/3/2020). (c) wearethechampignons, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by wearethechampignons via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/8/2017). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (10/4/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Fly Amanita in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/8/2017). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)


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