Scientific Name: Amanita pantherina (Amanitaceae). Pantherina is a reference to a supposed resemblance to the pelt of a panther.
English Name: Panthercap mushroom (Amanita family).
French Name: Amanite panthère (='panther amanita').
5 Key Characters:
- brown cap 5 - 12 cm across, with white spots.
- cap colour very variable and can be pale or very dark.
- found in groups in mixed forest.
- white gills.
- pure white stem 6 - 12 cm tall.
Lookalikes: Grey-spotted Amanita A. excelsa, which is very like, but has grey spots on the cap, not white and generally a thicker stem. Blusher A. rubescens, which always 'blushes' when damaged.
Habitat: Mixed deciduous forest, especially with Oak Quercus spp and Beech Fagus sylvatica.
Fruiting Period: August-September-October-November-December-January-February.
Status: Quite common.
Edible or Toxic? Deadly poisonous, and contains phsyco-active toxins similar to Fly Agaric A. muscaria.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: