Panther Caps (Amanita Pantherina) Identification
Panther caps, False blusher, Panther amanita
Meaning of Scientific classification
Amanita as it’s a member of the amanita family and Pantherina due to its two tone cap colour reminiscent of a panther’s skin.
Could be Confused with
Could be confused with The Blusher (Amanita rubescens) an edible Amanita, but these stain red when damaged, the False panther cap (Amanita excelsa) but these lack the distinct volval gutter.
Uncommon in the UK but more common throughout Southern Europe.
Key features and habitat of Panther cap mushrooms
Caps are around 5-12 cm in diameter, initially domed but flattening with age. The caps have pure white scales which are fragments of the universal veil.
The gills are white, free and crowded.
Stem & Skirt
The stems are white with a chunky ring towards the cap. The base of the stem is bulbous with a distinctive gutter.
They are ectomycorrhizal with beech and oak. In Britain, they are typically found from August to November but have a longer season in Southern Europe
These mushrooms contain the psychoactive compounds ibotenic acid, muscimol, muscazone and muscarine so should be considered toxic. Some field guides list it as deadly.