Panther Cap

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

An exciting find, this visually striking mushroom is not overly common. Poisonous, as with some other Amanita species it is often portrayed as deadly in field guides.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Panther Cap
Scientific Name Amanita pantherina
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 13
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex, flattening a bit with age. Dark brown to slightly red brown covered in thick white scales or ‘warts’ left from the veil of the volva.

Gills

Gills white, free of the stem, quite crowded.

Stem

White and shaggy under the skirt, smoother above.

Skirt

The skirt does not have the striations or lines that the Blusher or Excelsa have and is smooth although in the photo the skirt is a bit dry and wrinkled but still striation free.

Volva

Has a definite volva with a ‘gutter’ running around the top edge.

Flesh

White, sometimes hollow in the stem.

Habitat

Most types of woodland, particularly beech.

Spore Print

White. Broadly ovate. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Frequency

Not common.

COMMENTS

3 comments for Panther Cap

  1. Victoria Randall says:

    I have identified several of these in my garden and now removed them as I think they may have poisoned my hens. Can I prevent them or should I just be more vigilant in future? Thank you.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Victoria, it can be difficult to get rid of mushrooms and using antifungals can upset the other plants, fungi and insects. If possible remove the mushrooms by hand when you see them.

  2. Andy says:

    Hi,I think I saw one of these in a beech wood nr my home.I thought it was a Blusher at first but looking at the description you have given along with the pictures I’m ‘almost’ sure it’s a Panther Cap. fabulous website you have.👍

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