Observation 165757: Amanita muscaria (L.) Lam.
When: 2014-05-22
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This fungi site usually displays these fungi around the third week in April each year. Show usually lasts between 1-2 weeks. This year the display started in the 3rd week of May, (1 month late), and I believe the long dry and hot spell of unusual weather played a major part in this event. We have had 6 months of minimal rainfall, and above normal temperatures for this time of the year.
I have loaded several images showing the different stages of maturity and the change in pileus cap colouring. The younger fruiting bodies have a dark shiny red colour, and as the fungi matures the colour fades to an Orange colour with loss of colour saturation. This also seems to occur at the very end of the fungi cycle.

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