Pineal fly agaric (Amanita strobiliformis)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Amanitaceae (Amanitaceae)
- Genus: Amanita (Amanita)
- Species: Amanita strobiliformis (Amanita pineal)
The cone-shaped fly agaric (Amanita strobiliformis) is a rare species of amanita with a disjunctive range.
Description The white or white-pale surface of the pineal mushroom cap is covered with large thick, angular, grayish scales; in mature specimens, the cap is flat. The edge of the cap often bears the remains of the bedspread. The plates are loose, soft, fawn color. The leg is white, in young specimens it is covered with longitudinal stripes. In the middle of the stem, a white ring with velvety scales is usually noticeable. The base of the leg is slightly widened. The pulp is white, firm. Disputes: whitish.
Edible: conditionally edible, but can be confused with poisonous members of the genus. Therefore, we strongly do not recommend using it if you are not 100% sure.
Habitats Deciduous oak forests, parks, calcareous soil. In Russia, the pineal mushroom is found only in the Belgorod region, where several localities are known in the Novooskolsky and Valuysky districts. In addition, it is found in Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Eastern Georgia, as well as in Central and Eastern Kazakhstan, in Western Europe, with the exception of its northern part.
Season: summer – autumn.