Fly Agaric in a German forest sporting a jaunty green parasol
One of the best time to visit a German forest is late September/early October when the forest floor practically explodes with different mushrooms. Clearly the star of the show is this amazing species, which as Wikipedia notes: "Arguably the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is . . . one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture." I always look forward to this time of the year!
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric, is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the southern hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species.