Amanita pantherina    (DC.:Fr.) Krombh. 

common name(s) : Panthercap, Panther Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Agaricales/Amanitaceae [sub-genus:Amanita section:Amanita ]  

edibility : poisonous

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photo gallery of  Amanita pantherina potential confusions with  Amanita pantherina toxicity of Amanita pantherina genus Amanita  

The cap is grey brown; its margin is striate (except for the abietum high ground variety). The cap surface is covered with pure white warts that may be washed away, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white, bulbous, with a circumcised volva ending up in a distinct gutter, with one or two belt-like helical rings above it, and a fragile, slightly striate ring.

The flesh is unchanging; its taste is mild; the odour is not distinctive, or of radish when old; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white, free, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved (sometimes coniferous) woods, most of the time with beech, also with cedar, spruce, fir, pine, hornbeam, oak, birch.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 8 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 10 cm (between 5 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 13 mm (between 5 and 25 mm)

Chemical tests : flesh becoming vinaceous brown when in contact with phenol.

Distinctive features : grey to brown cap covered with acute concentric warts which can be washed away, and are always pure white; stem white, with a membranous pendulous non striate ring, and spiral belts near the bulbous base

Amanita pantherina is infrequent and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Amanita pantherina in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Amanita pantherina in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18