Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swedish Warp Zone: The Beauty of Flugsvamp Mushrooms

This post will be short and sweet.  I was looking over the pictures from my last section hike and noticed there were a lot of pictures of mushrooms that I didn't include in my trip report.  I liked the way some of them came out, so figured I would do a whole post just devoted to these pictures.  The granola bar in some of the pictures is for size reference.  Seeing all these mushrooms out there had me humming the Super Mario Brothers theme song quite a lot on my trip.  For those of you that didn't ever play SMB on NES, this is what I am talking about:

If you'd like to know more about the mushrooms (flugsvamp in Swedish), they are Amanita muscaria, and are of course (more or less) poisonous, i.e. not recommended for eating (read wiki text for more info).  If you are interested in seeing a bunch of choice, edible mushrooms that I picked, you can check out this post.

*Update 19/09/2014: A reader named Jorge rightfully pointed out that the brown mushrooms pictured below are a different type of mushroom.  They are Amanita pantherina, and like their red relatives, are (more or less) poisonous, i.e. not recommended for eating.  Thanks again for the correction Jorge.

Alright, that's about it, hope you enjoy the pictures.  Right click and open in a new window (or press Ctrl and left click) for large version of each picture.  

Even if I can't eat them, I still love the beauty of these fungi.


  1. Hej Cesar,

    Just one detail, amanita muscaria is red.
    But you show also some pictures of the amanita pantherina, that is brown!!!

    Amanita muscaria is only sightly poisonous, in fact in the ancient times it was used like an hallucinogenic mushrooms.
    By contrast, the amanita phanterina despite have the same "toxin", it is in a very concentrated dosis.


    1. Hola Jorge!

      Thanks for the feedback, and yes you are correct on all counts. I wrote the post quickly and forgot about the brown ones. The poisonous thing was discussed on the Reddit r/mycology forum, and I explained that by saying "poisonous" it's shorthand, or a quick way of expressing that it has potential danger.

      I will add a link to the wikipedia text on the brown one. Thanks again and for reading, and happy trails to you! :)