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March 31 2012

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The Lime-Green Amanita

We are all familiar with the big red and white caps of the Fly Agaric mushroom, Amanita muscaria.
It is only in New Zealand we find this extraordinary antipodean variation, Amanita viridis.
Actually, I've only ever found the one.
I've no idea whether or not it is edible, but I certainly wouldn't try eating this!

I hope you like this rare offering from New Zealand.
Thanks for looking,

NOTE: Just in case you are thinking of coming to New Zealand to find this rare Amanita,I should let you know ....
I simply swapped the colour channels around to make the red green.
Sorry to disappoint, but you must admit it was a good April Fools gag!

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Note: Throughout this guide, I will tend to refer to the mushroom in question as the fly agaric, rather than as Amanita muscaria. This is due to the fact that North American fly agarics are coming to be considered a distinct species from the Eurasian Amanita muscaria. Already the western American Amanita muscaria var. flavivolvata has been renamed to Amanita amerimuscaria by Tuloss and Geml.

Proper identification is critical if one is picking this mushroom with the intent to consume it; in addition to our friendly fly agarics, the genus Amanita contains some deadly poisonous mushrooms such as the death cap (A phalloides) and the destroying angel (A bisporigera, A ocreata, A virosa, A verna). Fortunately for us, these deadly poisonous Amanitas are white-capped,and I'm unaware of any red-capped variety of Amanita that contains these lethal hepatotoxic (liver-destroying) amatoxins.

Still, it's always best to be safe and informed when picking mushrooms from the genus Amanita, or indeed any mushroom. For that reason, I'll detail in this article not only the key features by which you can recognize the fly agaric mushroom, but also how to distinguish it from the common look-alikes.  This guide is specific to the North American varieties and their look-alike species; there may be look-alikes on other continents which I do not address here.  ...

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An average dosage is one small to medium cap, going as high as six caps for a very strong dose. This translates to about 6 grams for the low end, with as much as 20 grams in the high end. However, mushrooms have differing potencies, and should be initially tested with a small dose.  ...

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An average dosage is one small to medium cap, going as high as six caps for a very strong dose. This translates to about 6 grams for the low end, with as much as 20 grams in the high end. However, mushrooms have differing potencies, and should be initially tested with a small dose. …

(via Alternative Highs: Fly Agaric Mushrooms - Amanita Muscaria)

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...  Mushrooms are masterpieces of natural engineering. The overnight appearance of the fruit body is a pneumatic process, with the inflation of millions of preformed cells extending the stem, pushing earth aside, and unfolding the cap. Once exposed, the gills of a meadow mushroom shed an astonishing 30,000 spores per second, delivering billions of allergenic particles into the air every day. A minority of spores alights and germinates on fertile ground and some species are capable of spawning the largest and longest-lived organisms on the planet. Mushroom colonies burrow through soil and rotting wood. Some hook into the roots of forest trees and engage in mutually supportive symbioses; others are pathogens that decorate their food sources with hardened hooves and fleshy shelves. Mushrooms work with insects too, fed by and feeding leaf-cutter ants in the New World and termites in the Old World. Among the staggering diversity of mushroom-forming fungi we also find strange apparitions including gigantic puffballs, phallic eruptions with revolting aromas, and tiny “bird’s nests” whose spore-filled eggs are splashed out by raindrops.  ...

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March 25 2012

I’m glad mushrooms are against the law, because I took them one time, and you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours going, “My God! I love everything.” Yeah. Now, if that isn’t a hazard to our country … how are we gonna keep building nuclear weapons, you know what I mean? What’s gonna happen to the arms industry when we realize that we’re all One?
— Bill Hicks
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March 19 2011


A friend asked me......

Any idea why this particular mushroom has come to represent the entire concept of mushroom? A Google image search for “mushroom painting” yields a majority of A. muscaria-inspired images.


I can think of a few reasons why Amanita is everywhere. I can think of anthropological ones, mystically aligned ones, & some which are just silly.


1. This is the first hallucinogenic mushroom humans ever et, and it has had a profound effect. It has become an archetypal symbol (whose original meaning is mostly forgotten), even in the sad & uptight non-trippy cultures.


2. It’s so pretty!


3. Many theorize that life on this planet was seeded by comets. (All gardeners must love that theory!) Some varieties of fungus spores may be able to survive spaceflight.

A. Fungi may have been one of earth’s earliest lifeforms.

I. Hallucinogenic mushrooms may have helped form our brains.

a. They may be the source of human mysticism/spirituality.

B. We may be the far-off descendants of trippy space shrooms

I. Terence McKenna!

II. Santa Claus & his magic flying reindeer.


4. The largest organisms on our planet are vast, little-known (to non-mycologists) fungal colonies.

A. The bastards have grown so massive they’ve invaded our collective unconscious!1!!!!1!!

I. OMG!!! @_@


5. Humans are in actuality a hyper-exotic orchid species which requires - in any form - A. muscaria’s proximity.


6. Cavemen painted on the walls because they were tripping on A. muscaria

A. This is the origin of human art


7. Early Arctic Circle shamans ate Amanita & travel/led & spoke with The Spirits. This is the origin of temples & churches (Also please vide 3.a above)


8. Amanita grows damn near everywhere. It’s ubiquitous in art precisely because it’s ubiquitous!


9. God is actually Amanita muscaria (See all above & so below)


Number nine especially amuses me, because a far more ahem powerful argument can be made in favor of our Sun’s being God, and fungi prefer shade.

An Ancient Egyptian priest would naturally see no contradiction in that & insist they are both God. S/he would’ve programmed her/himself in finding and creating harmony & balance, not spotting contradictions & duality. [Gimme that old-time religion indeed, huh?]

March 17 2011


Erowid Psychoactive Amanitas Vault : History Overview

circa 5000-3000 BCE : The earliest evidence of Amanita muscaria use as an intoxicant is based on linguistic analysis of languages from northern Asia. Around 4000 BCE, the Uralic language split into two branches, both of which contain similar root words for inebriation. In some of these languages the root “pang” signifies both ‘intoxicated’ and the A. muscaria mushroom. These linguistic similarities suggest (but do not prove) that A. muscaria was known to be intoxicating before the languages split around 4000 BCE.

circa 1000-2000 BCE: Petroglyphs along the Pegtymel River which drains into the Arctic Ocean in north eastern Siberia “depict anthropomorphic figures with mushrooms appended to their heads.” The Pegtymel river area is currently inhabited by the modern Chukchi culture who are known to have used A. muscaria as a traditional inebriant. …


Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for December 1999

This month’s fungus is an interesting one for many reasons. It is a very common mushroom in conifer areas all throughout the northern hemisphere. The color is highly variable, from bright red (A. muscaria var. muscaria), to orange to yellow (A. muscaria var. formosa) to white (A. muscaria var. alba), but there are always white patches on the cap— remnants of the universal veil that covered the button stage. There seems to be a geographical distribution in North America, with the red form being found mostly in the west and deep south, the orange form in the midwest and east, the yellow form mostly in the east, and the white form reportedly scattered throughout the country. They can grow to be quite large, up to a foot high with caps as big as dinner plates.

It’s called the fly agaric because in some regions little pieces of the mushroom are placed in milk to attract flies. The flies become inebriated and crash into walls and die. …


A lodge at the entrance to the Parc Güell has lovely representation of a fly agaric mushroom | Flickr

A lodge at the entrance to the Parc Güell has a lovely representation of a fly agaric mushroom

Amanita muscaria commonly known as fly agaric is a poisonous and psychoactive. The common names in English, fly agaric or fly mushroom, are generally thought to derive from its European use as an insecticide, sprinkled in milk…

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