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.
|Common Names||Panthercap (EN), Amanita Panther (CY), Muchomor Plamisty (PL), Párducgalóca (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Amanita pantherina|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||10-14|
|Average Cap width (CM)||8-12|
8-12cm. 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.
Superior. 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.
The Blusher (Amanita rubescens) has off-white, often blushing warts on its cap, and it blushes all over the fruit body where it had been damaged or cut, also there are striations on the upper surface of its skirt.
The Grey Spotted Amanita (Amanita excelsa) has off-white to grey warts or scales on its cap, and has striations on the upper surface of its skirt.
White. Broadly ovate. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.
Panthercap prefers acidic soil, while none of its potential lookalikes have this strong preference for acidic soil.