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The shaggymane is usually from 4 to 6 inches high, although we have found giant ones more than 20 inches tall and weighing easily half a pound. The cap is nearly cylindrical, white and shaggy, with large brownish pointed tufts. In young specimens there is a narrow, loose ring around the stem just at the lower edge of the cap, but this soon withers and disappears. 22 Figure 5. Shaggymane. 2 3 COMMON EDIBLE MUSHROOMS As with morels, the general shape of the shaggymane is so characteristic (see Plate iB) that if you have seen a good illustration of it you cannot fail to recognize it on sight.
In fresh specimens the upper surface is zoned with yellow and bright golden orange and the lower surface is bright yellow, but upon exposure to weather the upper surface gradually fades to a more or less uniform pale yellow. The lower surface is composed of a layer of fine pores, whence the name polypore. The sulphur polypore is to be sought in the fall wherever old decaying trees abound. The shape and color make it impossible to 21 COMMON EDIBLE MUSHROOMS confuse this species with any other mushroom, and when properly cooked it will provide a delicious meal.
If pieces of A. muscaria (Figures 9 and 10) are broken up and placed in a shal- Figure 9. Amanlta muscarla (Fly Agaric). Poisonous. Photo by Frank H. Kaufert. 31 COMMON EDIBLE MUSHROOMS Figure 10. A close-up view of Amanita muscaria. Poisonous. Photo by Frank H. Kauf ert. low saucer of water, houseflies soon begin to cluster around, eager for a tipple. It is their last. In a few moments, seemingly stimulated by this too potent elixir, they take off and buzz about in frenzied loops and circles until sudden death overtakes them, often in full flight, and they tumble quite lifeless to the floor.