Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)#3

Can it be eaten? Well, the Russians eat it. Historically, the Siberians boiled it and then drank the pot liquor to get roaring drunk. They then preserved the flesh for eating later.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)#2

Classed as poisonous they do contains small amounts of the toxin muscarine, which causes sweat-inducing poisoning. Also contains the alkaloids muscimol, ibotenic acid and muscazone, causing psychotropic poisoning, which may be severe in some cases....

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)#1

Probably the most iconic mushroom on the planet, well recognised by the vast majority of those who come across it....

Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus)

Sometimes known as Lawyers Wig or Shaggy Mane, it’s a large, conspicuous and edible (when young and fresh) fungus. It occurs in meadows, woods and roadside verges. If you don’t get them young they quickly turn black and become unpleasant to eat….

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Sulphur Tufts are gregarious and tend to appear in large groups so tightly packed that sometimes the caps are unable to expand regularly. The tuft shown on the left is one such example; these jostling fruit bodies were growing beside the stump of a dead conifer, their mycellium having invaded the root system. Displays of Sulphur Tufts can recur on large stumps for two or three years in succession before the timber is reduced to its hard core of lignin, at which point other lignin-eating fungi move in to fin…

Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

A beautiful and edible species though they can be quite small and not worth collecting. The ‘deceiver’ part of the name comes from the fact it can change colour depending on if it is dry (then it goes pale, almost white) or when it is wet (dark and more brown). The gills and stem however usually stay the same colour....

Deadly Webcap (Cortinarius rubellus)

Cortinarius rubellus is a fairly rare but deadly poisonous mushroom. This is the species collected by mistake for chanterelles by Nicholas Evans, author of 'The Horse Whisperer'. Mr Evans and three adults suffered serious kidney damage. Three of the group required kidney transplants after spending over 3 years on dialysis....

Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)

Earthballs are considered look-alikes of, the edible puffball, but is poisonous. Whereas the puffball has a single opening on top through which the spores are dispersed, the earthball just breaks up to release the spores. Scleroderma citrinum has no stem but is attached to the soil by mycelial cords....

Russula species

A member of the Russula family. There are around 750 in the group, I thought I'd nailed mine on a couple of occasions but I couldn't say for sure....
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