A picture of a Amanita pantherina

Amanita pantherina

Amanita pantherina

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

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Amanita pantherina 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 fungus has been recorded from South Africa. Its thought it was accidentally introduced via imports from Europe.