Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) is a toxic mushroom containing a hallucinogenic substance, muscimol. Originating in the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita was accidentally introduced into New Zealand, and is now widespread. It forms a mycorrhizal association with the roots of various trees, especially conifers, however since its introduction to NZ, it has also formed symbiotic mycorrhizal relationships with the roots of native beech trees, displacing native fungi, and in this respect is a pest species due to its competition with endemic species.
This example is in Pollard Park, however the species is widespread throughout Marlborough, particularly in forested areas.
Location: Latitude: -41.505562 Longitude: 173.948807"
Image Date: 1/4/2017
Photographer: Christopher Cookson