The fly agaric
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|Picture taken at Tanowo forest near Szczecin.|
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric (pronounced) or fly Amanita, is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.
PL - muchomor czerwony (grzyb trujący!).
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What a beautiful fungus. One would not think with such colour it would be poisonous. Good POV and the vibrant colours are so beautiful. Informative note. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Fantastic red colour and I wonder how it achieves that and for what purpose - maybe to say "Don't touch" and so ward off enemies. Very unusual image for me despite the fact that you explain in your note that is has become truly cosmopolitan. Well done.