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Hi, I always run into beautiful amanita looking fungi while i hunt for my Gyms and i ran into this amanita that looked like it was good enough to try....Can someone give me some input on if this a active sample i go here? [image]http://www.shroomery.org/forums/files/04-45/958521328-Picture_25A.jpg]
PS: Noticed the rings around the base of the stem
That is not Amanita muscaria. Some might argue that it is Amanita pantherina but I doubt that one as well. The base of the mushroom is not bulbous enough.
Seeing as mushrooms from the Amanita genus cause the most mushroom poisonings other than C. molybdites, and most Amanitas are very tough to ID without a microscope, I would reccomend that you DO NOT eat those mushrooms. It could prove fatal.
I was actually hopping that it might be A. patherin. I don't remember exactly but I do remember reading about their habitat and looking...and I'm pretty sure western,MA wasn't it. I found this link that I believe pretty much answers my questions. ( By the way I watch this mushroom every day when it was young and till it was fully fruited.....took only 3 days in this cold weather!) PS a piece of the stalk was stripped off......it look almost like a flower bulb...huge