A type of magic mushroom has been discovered growing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
The Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric or fly mushroom, was identified during a walkabout of the private gardens for a television show to be screened on Christmas Day.
Presenter Alan Titchmarsh told The Sun (£) he was surprised to happen upon the red and white-headed toadstool, which has hallucinogenic properties.
"That was a surprise but it shows just how varied the species are," said the presenter of The Queen's Garden.
Fly agaric are a common species and are understood to have grown naturally in the palace grounds rather than having been planted there.The hallucinogenic properties of the mushroom have been well-known for centuries .
The fungi is also important to the growth and development of many types of tree, and provides food for flies, and a breeding site for beetles.A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the paper:
The drug contains poison which, although rare, can cause death if consumed.
You should never eat wild mushrooms unless you are certain about what type it is.
The Forestry Commission advises anyone who wants to go mushroom foraging to go with someone who knows what they are looking at and to follow the fungi pickers code.