Amanita pantherina

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Amanita pantherina
A. pantherina
Taxonomical nomenclature
Kingdom Fungi
Phylum Basidiomycota
Class Agaricomycetes
Order Agaricales
Family Amanitaceae
Genus Amanita
Species A. pantherina
Common nomenclature
Common names Panther cap, false blusher
Mycological Characteristics
Spore print White
Active constituents Muscimol , ibotenic acid

Amanita pantherina, also known as panther cap or false blusher (due to its similarity to the edible mushroom tree blusher), is a psychoactive mushroom in the Amanita genus. The main psychoactive compound in this mushroom is muscimol. The subjective effects of this mushroom, however, are not similar to psilocybin mushrooms.


The panther cap is an uncommon mushroom, which is found in both deciduous (especially beech) and coniferous woodland. It is rarely found in meadows throughout Europe and western Asia in late summer and autumn. It has also been recorded on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada as well as in South Africa, where it is thought to have been accidentally introduced with trees imported from Europe.

It is an ectomycorrhizal fungus, living in root symbiosis with a tree and deriving photosynthesised nutrients from it while providing soil nutrients in return.

Similar species

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Hunting psychoactive mushrooms in nature can be very dangerous.

Caution is advised because poisonous or deadly mushrooms can easily be mistaken for edible ones.

Amanita rubescens (aka blusher):
Mycomorphbox Poison.png Poisonous, but it's edible when cooked.
Amanita regalis:
Mycomorphbox Psychoactive.png Psychoactive - This species contains ibotenic acid and muscimol, the same psychoactive constituents as amanita muscaria.[1]
Amanita nothofagi:
Mycomorphbox Question.png The edibility is unknown.

External links


  1. Paulus, W., Bresinsky, A. (1989). "Forest Decline and Air Pollution". In Schulze, E.-D., Lange, O. L., Oren, R. Soil Fungi and Other Microorganisms. 77. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 110–120. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-61332-6_6. ISBN 9783642647956.