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Can Amanita Muscaria Be Orange or Yellow?

Updated: Dec 30, 2023




Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric, is typically recognized by its bright red cap with white spots. However, the coloration of mushrooms can vary due to environmental factors, age, and other conditions. While the most familiar form of Amanita muscaria is red, variations in color like yellowish or orangish caps, occur. 


A.m. variety, Guesowii

Amanita muscaria var. guessowii is a variety of the fly agaric mushroom that exhibits some distinct characteristics compared to the more commonly recognized Amanita muscaria. Here are some features and distinctions related to Amanita muscaria var. guessowii: 1. Color Variation: Unlike the bright red cap of the typical Amanita muscaria, var. guessowii often displays a yellow to orangish hue. This color variation can sometimes make it harder to distinguish from other mushroom species in the Amanita genus. 2. Distribution: Amanita muscaria var. guessowii is found in certain regions of North America, particularly in the northeastern parts of the United States down to the southern US stopping at the Tennessee and North Carolina northern state lines and eastern Canada. 3. Distinctive Characteristics: While the color might vary, other features typical of Amanita species, such as the white spots on the cap, the cup-shaped volva at the base, and the ring on the stem, are still present in var. guessowii. 4. Actives: Like other varieties of Amanita muscaria, var guesowii contains ibotenic acid and muscimol.


A.M. variety Flavoconia

The Amanita species commonly referred to as "yellow patches" is Amanita flavoconia. This mushroom is recognized for its bright yellow to orange-yellow cap, which is covered with small, yellow to orange warts or patches. It’s is found in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.


Amanita persicina

Amanita persicina is a species of mushroom that belongs to the Amanita genus. Here are some key characteristics and details about Amanita persicina: 1. Appearance: Amanita persicina typically has a peach or salmon-pink colored cap, which can range from pale to more vibrant shades. The cap might also display remnants of the universal veil as warts or patches, though these can be ephemeral. 2. Stem and Ring: The stem of Amanita persicina is usually white or pale, and it may feature a partial or complete ring, which is a remnant of the universal veil. The base of the stem typically has a cup-like volva. 3. Habitat: This species is often found growing in woodland areas, particularly in association with pine trees. Like other Amanita species, it forms mycorrhizal relationships with trees. 4. Geographical Distribution: Amanita persicina can be found in various parts of North America, particularly in South eastern regions, mainly South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Amanita persicina is a muscaroid with ibotenic acid and muscimol.


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