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Panther - Amanita pantherina


            

Panther - Amanita pantherina
Edibility: Hallucinogenic
Habitat: On the ground under conifers, particularly Douglas-fir.
Range: Rocky Mountains to West Coast; rare in East.
Season: June; September-October; NovemberFebruary in California.
Spore Color: white
Mushroom Shape: Veiled Mushrooms with Free Gills
Lookalikes: A. rubescens* lacks rimmed bulb, bruises reddish. A. spissa* has cap with grayish patches and no radial lines. A. gemmata* typically lacks well-defined margin on bulb; there are intermediate forms between this and A. pantherina. The poisonous A. cothurnata* is smaller, with a more slender stalk and whitish cap. A. velatipes is taller, more robust, with vellowish cap that is bownish at center.
Description: Brownish cap with white patches; margin has fine radial lines; stalk has ring and basal bulb with free or rolled margin. or rows of cottony scales.
Cap: 1-6" (2.5-15 cm) wide; round, becoming convex to flat or slightly sunken; margin has fine radial lines; tacky when wet, smooth; usually blackish-, sooty-, or yellowish-brown near margin, sometimes nearly white overall; with whitish, cottony patches. Gills: free or slightly attached, crowded, broad to narrow, whitish. Stalk: 2-7" (5-17.5 cm) long, %8-1" (1-2.5 cm) thick, sometimes enlarged downward toward roundish basal bulb; fibrous, cottony, or scaly, whitish. Veils: universal veil white; leaving patches on cap, and bandlike margin at tip of stalk bulb, typically rolled into stalk, but occasionally free; sometimes with concentric bands on lower stalk. Partial veil membranous, whitish; leaving persistent, pendant ring on upper or midstalk.
Spores: 8-14 X 6.3-10 u; broadly elliptical, smooth, colorless, nonamyloid. Spore print white.
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Date: 17.09.2003 01:02
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Comments: 21
Several varieties of this species

There are several varieties of this species, ranging in color from white to yellow or brownish; all are spotted like a panther. Although usually a fall mushroom, the Panther is sometimes found in spring, and may fool the unwary. Its toxins cause delirium, raving, and a comalike deep sleep. Because of the color variation of the cap, the best identifying features are the ring and structure of the stalk base.
17.09.2003 01:05



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