A picture of a Panther Cap Mushroom

Panther Cap Mushroom

Amanita pantherina

Also known as

Panther Cap Fungi, Panther Cap, False Blusher Mushroom, False Blusher Fungus, False Blusher

2008-10 Amanita pantherina cropped by Prst (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Panther Cap Mushroom Overview

The Panther Cap Mushroom, Amanita pantherina, is a visually striking mushroom that's considered highly toxic to consume. With cap diameters growing as large as 10cm, this fungus is covered in thick white spots, which is where it gets its common name. This mushroom contains toxins similar to those found in the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), and it's illegal to buy and sell in the Netherlands due to the psychoactive properties. The main symptoms are described as intense sickness; however, the most severe effects are on the central nervous system. These include hallucinations and confusion, a feeling of being 'invincible', delusions and convulsions. Some cases can be fatal. This species of fungus can be found growing from July through to November. They thrive in broadleaved woodland, showing a clear preference for beech and oak.