As I was driving back from Bowral this afternoon, towards Robertson, I stopped beside a long row of Radiata Pines, beside Kangaloon Road, in East Bowral (before the roundabout, opposite where the Christian School is). The reason was that the recent rains and cool weather have sparked the emergence of the Fairy Toadstools (Amanita muscaria) These introduced Fungi live in association with Pine Trees, especially, but often with other exotic trees. But Pine Trees seem to be their natural "partners".
As with all postings about Toadstools, especially ones with which there is some talk of psychotropic effects, I give a standard warning to not eat these Fungi. The recent deaths of some Chinese visitors to Canberra, from mistakenly eating Death-cap Mushrooms (a related species) should give anyone interested n "experimenting" pause for thought, especially as there is no known antidote to the effects of ingesting these Toadstools.
I like to publish photos of these Toadstools simply because I regard them as aesthetically pleasing - a triumph of Nature.
|Amanita muscaria - a mature specimen|
|Amanita muscaria |
Note the white gills and the
skirt-like ring on the stem.
A fine colony under Pine Trees
a perfect specimen
a young pair of these Fairy Toadstools
a new Toadstool just developing.
The white dots are left over as the white veil breaks up.
a Toadstool just emerging -
still covered by the white "veil"
The red skin is grazed on by slugs or snails.