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Amanita parcivolvata

Amanita caesarea

Relocating that copperhead snake reminded me how that hillside seems more prone to wild mushroom growth.

We spotted this Amanita parcivolvata on our way back, also known as a False Caesar's Mushroom.

It's unclear if these are okay to eat. I won't be risking a taste test unless we get more conclusive data.

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It's good to be cautious with wild mushrooms, I think. Every autumn I see a lot of mushrooms popping up, so I did some research into edible wild species. I found that it could be surprisingly hard to distinguish edible spcies from poisonous ones. So I decided to give wild mushroom gathering a miss.

But there are some test that you can do. A large number of potentially lethal mushrooms contain amatoxins, which can be detected by the Meixner test.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Aug 4 17:48:53 2012
Either way that sure is a pretty one!
Comment by Sat Aug 4 20:25:25 2012

Look at it - it screams out I am so pretty - I AM UGLY!!!! It taunts you to pluck it all the while boasting the ominous RED glare. RED is for Stop for a reason!

Comment by Jayne Sun Aug 5 09:51:29 2012

Roland --- Yep, we only eat the really obvious edibles that don't have any scary lookalikes.

Fostermamas --- I agree! There's something so enticing about the colors, shapes, and textures of mushrooms.

Jayne --- I'm with you --- bright red in nature is often a sign of poison.

Comment by anna Sun Aug 5 12:56:06 2012
I'm pretty sure I caught that Amanita parcivolvata at its youngest and brightest point...I went back a few days later and its top expanded out and upwards and over half the redness seems to have been washed away.
Comment by mark Sun Aug 5 14:40:49 2012

@Jayne: The color of mushrooms is not a reliable indicator of danger. E.g. the edible Ceasar's mushroom is brightly colored, while the lethal destroying angels are plain white.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Aug 5 17:41:46 2012

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