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A small Amanita Muscaria (commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita), growing out of forest floor vegetation.

This mushroom is poisonous, but its lack of edibility is more than offset by its lovely colour and dots. It is found in coniferous forests and grows to a height of about 20 cm, with the cap being around 15 cm. But when they are small, they look like little red dotted balls.

They are especially pretty when you find a whole "family" of them, growing in green moss. But this has been a fairly dry year, so finding any mushroom is a challenge (to the great disappointment of most Czechs, because mushroom picking is a bit of a "national sport" here; but more on that some other time).

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