Types of Mushrooms
Amanita refers to both the mushrooms in the family Amanitaceae as well as the specific mushrooms within the Amanita genus.
Amanita often get introduced as some of the most poisonous wild mushrooms in North America. The over one hindered documented North American species share physical characteristics such as the presence of a veil that covers the mushroom during the maturation process, with veil remnants visible on the fungi's mature caps.
Fly Agaric, the common name for Amanita muscaria, is recognized by the orange spotted top, as shown in the top picture, represents the last stage of fruiting.
The red to orange spotted cap of the mushroom in the top picture brings to mind a stereotypical mushroom in commercial products.
Looks can be deceiving in the mushroom world. While Amanita muscaria may be fun to observe and photograph, like many species in the genus, they are also poisonous.
Amanita franchetii, perhaps best described as the Nutty Buddy cone of the Amanita genus, can be identified by its chocolate cap, covered in lighter brown warts.
While it may look good enough to eat, experts warn against it because of the toxicity associated with Amanita species.
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