Amanita muscaria var. guessowii

Common Names: American yellow fly agaric
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Amanitas

The cap is 4.5 to 16 cm wide, convex, and becomes broadly convex to flat in age. It is bright yellow or yellow-orange, usually more orange or reddish orange towards the disc, and fading to pale yellow. The volva is distributed over the cap as cream to pale tan warts; it is otherwise smooth and sticky when wet. The margin becomes slightly striate in age. The flesh is white and it does not stain when cut or injured. The gills are free to narrowly adnate, subcrowded to crowded, cream to pale cream, truncate, unevenly distributed, of diverse lengths, and plentiful. The stipe is 6 to 15 x 1 to 3 cm, more or less equal or narrowing upwards and slightly flaring at the apex. It is white to yellowish cream, densely stuffed with a pith, the skirtlike ring is membranous, persistent, the lower stipe and upper bulb are decorated with partial or complete concentric rings of volval material that are bright pale yellow to cream or sordid cream.

Found growing solitary or gregariously, it is mycorrhizal with conifers mostly but also deciduous trees as well, it is found often in the fall but sometimes in the spring

Edible Notes: There have been mixed reports on the edibility of Amanita muscaria ranging from poisonous to edible when boiled. The general consensus that I have found is that this is not a safe mushroom for consumption and should be avoided. It is also known that Amanita muscaria is hallucinogenic, however it is unclear if the var. guessowii is hallucinogenic like the European counterpart, or of the same potency. Most accounts of experiences hallucinating on Amanita muscaria report a negative trip and an unpleasant experience. It is the Psilocybe genus of mushroom that is commonly used for recreational/entheogenic purposes.
Warnings: Amanita muscaria var. guessowii contains ibotenic acid and muscimol. Toxic and potentially hallucinogenic. (Hallucinogenic in a bad way.)