Rare poisonous mushroom discovered in Weymouth garden

Dorset Echo: Amanita Muscaria Amanita Muscaria

A RARE form of mushroom has been discovered in a Weymouth garden.

The Amanita Muscaria, commonly known as the ‘fly agaric’ or ‘fly amanita’ is a large white spotted red toadstool mushroom.

The particular mushroom is poisonous and also widely known for its hallucinogenic properties.

Shaun Hull, 70, from Maiden Newton, spotted the particular form of fungi in her friend’s garden during the autumn.

She said: “I believe they are called fly agaric mushrooms and are about six to eight inches across.

“I have never seen any before, but I thought they were so beautiful I just had to snap them.

“My friend has lived there for eight years and this is their first appearance.

“I think they are poisonous, but regardless of this something has been nibbling at them.

“It’s the first time my friend has seen them too; these were growing around one of her trees.”

A spokesman for the Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “These mushrooms are usually found in acid woodlands, among conifer and birch and are not so common in gardens.

“They are poisonous and hallucinogenic, so if you find them, just leave them alone and do not eat them.”

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2:48pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Harpya Orkinus says...

Many people will recall the blue & white windscreen stickers affected by flight staff from HMS Osprey, bearing the words "Fly Navy." A while later, another one was occasionally seen in vehicles, no doubt in praise of this mushroom's hallucinogenic properties. A RED and white sticker suggested that you "Fly Amanita !!"
Many people will recall the blue & white windscreen stickers affected by flight staff from HMS Osprey, bearing the words "Fly Navy." A while later, another one was occasionally seen in vehicles, no doubt in praise of this mushroom's hallucinogenic properties. A RED and white sticker suggested that you "Fly Amanita !!" Harpya Orkinus

5:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Be_Happy says...

Not that rare, try walking in the woods and opening your eyes more. (Just pretend you didn't see any of the fairy folk if you see them though, they are nasty blighters if they are spotted)
Not that rare, try walking in the woods and opening your eyes more. (Just pretend you didn't see any of the fairy folk if you see them though, they are nasty blighters if they are spotted) Be_Happy

6:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

PossumGoose says...

My, they must be hard up for news. Common fungi found in a garden BACK IN THE AUTUMN and today it gets reported as news????
My, they must be hard up for news. Common fungi found in a garden BACK IN THE AUTUMN and today it gets reported as news???? PossumGoose

12:54pm Sat 28 Dec 13

blobby96 says...

How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times. blobby96

5:44pm Sat 28 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

blobby96 wrote:
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
Why do you think comments are not being allowed?

As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!!
[quote][p][bold]blobby96[/bold] wrote: How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.[/p][/quote]Why do you think comments are not being allowed? As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!! westbaywonder

10:34am Sun 29 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

westbaywonder wrote:
blobby96 wrote:
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
Why do you think comments are not being allowed?

As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!!
Personally i was happy to read that news.
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blobby96[/bold] wrote: How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.[/p][/quote]Why do you think comments are not being allowed? As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!![/p][/quote]Personally i was happy to read that news. JamesYoung

10:44am Mon 30 Dec 13

monkeydog says...

JamesYoung wrote:
westbaywonder wrote:
blobby96 wrote:
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
Why do you think comments are not being allowed?

As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!!
Personally i was happy to read that news.
Same here.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blobby96[/bold] wrote: How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.[/p][/quote]Why do you think comments are not being allowed? As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!![/p][/quote]Personally i was happy to read that news.[/p][/quote]Same here. monkeydog

6:17pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Ellis Dee says...

westbaywonder wrote:
blobby96 wrote:
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
Why do you think comments are not being allowed?

As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!!
****.
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blobby96[/bold] wrote: How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.[/p][/quote]Why do you think comments are not being allowed? As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!![/p][/quote]****. Ellis Dee

3:08pm Fri 10 Jan 14

livid99 says...

westbaywonder wrote:
blobby96 wrote:
How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.
Why do you think comments are not being allowed?

As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!!
So why is it a problem for you ?
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blobby96[/bold] wrote: How come your not allowed to comment on the asylum seeker giving birth what a joyful picture it shows in these hard times.[/p][/quote]Why do you think comments are not being allowed? As for joyful picture,are you **** real?!!!![/p][/quote]So why is it a problem for you ? livid99

3:09pm Fri 10 Jan 14

livid99 says...

PossumGoose wrote:
My, they must be hard up for news. Common fungi found in a garden BACK IN THE AUTUMN and today it gets reported as news????
Hahaha !
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: My, they must be hard up for news. Common fungi found in a garden BACK IN THE AUTUMN and today it gets reported as news????[/p][/quote]Hahaha ! livid99

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