Panthercap

Amanita pantherina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Panthercap Amanita pantherina (DC.) P. Kumm. (illustrated (c) 45% life size) Cap 6–10cm across; ochraceous-brown, the surface covered with small, pure white, warty fragments of the veil; finely striate at the margin. Stem 90–130Γ—10–15mm, with bulbous base; white; becoming hollow; the ring is tattered and pendulous, not striate or grooved, and the white volva is closely wrapped around the bulbous stem base, forming a distinct free rim around it, and 1 or 2 belt-like rings just above it. Flesh white; taste and smell both mild. Gills free, crowded; white. Spores 8–12Γ—6.7–7.5ΒΌ, broadly ovate; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous or deciduous woodland, especially with beech; summer to autumn. Occasional to frequent. Poisonous may be deadly.

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