for all its beauty is, of course, poisonous, and while rarely fatal, deaths have apparently been recorded.
Do experiences with the fly agaric
mushroom lie behind the legend of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer?
It is one thing to follow a dark and mazy corridor into a white room where rotating fly agaric
mushrooms dangle from the ceiling; it is another to enter the space with a gruff guard staring you down.
There is also a North-American variant, which is not as valued as the European species Among the many German names of the fly agaric
we find 'Krotenstuhl' (toadstool).
f FATHER CHRISTMAS - The idea of Father Christmas has its roots in the visions of tribal shamen in Lapland, who had eaten a hallucinogenic red-and-white mushroom called fly agaric
China tops the world in producing straw mushrooms, tuckahoe, lentinus adodes, agaric
, white jelly fungus and hedgehog fungus, Liu added.
, by Richard Dixon Beech Walk, by Adrian Bell, is one of the images in the In our View exhibition, at Tatton Hall
At Coombe alone, there are more than 300 distinct varieties, from the Fly Agaric
- the traditional-looking (and poisonous) toadstool - to highly-prized truffles.
The Fly Agaric
has been used by shamans in Siberia in small doses to induce trances but it can kill people with heart problems.
They belong to a group of fungi called agarics
and, although they are edible, there are some that are either inedible or are positively dangerous, like the fly agaric
, amanita muscaria, which can be found in some of our local birch and oak woodlands with its bright red cap.
He was convinced that Jesus Christ never existed but was an analogy for the Fly Agaric
mushroom, around which the activities of an ancient fertility cult revolved.
Inkcap, fly agaric
and stinkhorn are all types of what?