fau-panthercap1.jpgThe Fungus Among Us - Amanita pantherina - Panther Cap
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The Fungus Among Us - Amanita pantherina - Panther Cap
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(No. 1)  There are several varieties of Amanita fungus, which include the panther cap pictured here.  Panther caps are distinguishable by their brownish-colored caps with off-white warts.  If the cap has an orange-red or vermilion coloration, it is most likely a "Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria".  Panther caps are poisonous and inedible.


(No. 1a)  This is an enlarged close-up view of the warts on the surface of the panther cap.


(No. 2)  This is a photo of a more mature panther cap.  The dome shape of the cap has flattened out.   Note the appearance of the others in the patch.  The panther cap looks very similar to the blusher (Amanita rubescens), which is edible when cooked, but is so similar at various stages of its growth that we advise against eating any of the Amanita species.   We can enjoy the beauty of their creation without eating them.

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