-also known as fly agaric. Not only does it kill flies, but it is also poisonous for humans.
It is an introduced species, common under many trees in this area - pines, birch, douglas fir.
Not usually found in native bush, but in recent years there have been instances of it being found in Nothofagus (beech) forests, probably introduced there through human activity.
|When this Amanita comes up, it first appears as a rough white ball, with no sign of the red colour that that this mushroom is known for.|
|As the mushroom develops further, the cap appears as a red ball with white fragments of the veil covering remaining on it.|
|The cap continues to expand, and given ideal growing conditions, can achieve a diameter of over 30 cm.
As it ages, the colour can fade to an orange-yellow and the white spots disappear.