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This mushroom is popularly called Muhara (in Croatian) and is toxic.

Description

Amanita muscaria var. muscaria, the toadstool if there ever was one, is a different type of fungal intoxicant producing Class F poisoning (Poisindex II). The onset of symptoms occurs 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating the mushrooms and is due to the toxins muscimol and ibotenic acid which are found in both Amanita muscaria and Amanita pantherina. A small amount of muscarine is present in these mushrooms as well. The symptoms are drowsiness, confusion, euphoria, staggering, muscular spasms, repetitive actions, dilation of pupils, dizziness, visual disturbances, dullness of colors, impression of heaviness but unusual strength, fragmentation of time, conviction of dying, deep coma-like sleep, with some patients reporting hallucinations upon wakening. Some people become violent. Complete recovery comes in 6-24 hours. (http://www.evergreen.edu/mushrooms/phm/s31.htm)

ps. this may have been Amanita muscaria var. formosa which is is a color variant of Amanita muscaria. Amanita muscaria can be white, yellow, red, orange or even brown. All Amanita muscaria variants are characterized by white gills and stem, a white spore print, warts on the cap which easily wash or rub off, a membranous partial veil that leaves a distinct membranous mid-stem ring and remains of the universal veil seen as three small rings of tissue just at the enlarged stem base. The book Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll after he had experimented with Amanita muscaria and the changes in size and time perception described in Alice in Wonderland are characteristic effects of the mushroom intoxication.

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2005
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