Scientific name: Amanita muscaria
Common names: Fly agaric, fairy toadstool
Hazard associated: Contains toxins which can cause delirium, seizures and possibly coma states.
- Poisonings from eating fly agaric have occurred in children and in adults seeking “altered states”.
- In the early stages of development of A. muscaria before the cap opens up, it might be mistaken for some of the edible puffballs.
- Variations from the classic red with white spots look have led to A. muscaria being mistaken for other species which has led to mishaps.
- This fungus has been associated with shamanism for centuries.
- The lethal dosage is thought to be about 15 caps for an adult, less for a child.
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria