Amanita pantherina photo and description

Fly agaric (Amanita pantherina)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Amanitaceae (Amanitaceae)
  • Genus: Amanita (Amanita)
  • Species: Amanita pantherina (Amanita panther)


Fly agaric

Amanita muscariaAmanita muscaria ( lat.Amanita pantherina ) is a mushroom of the genus Amanita (lat.Amanita) of the family Amanitaceae (lat.Amanitaceae).

Amanita muscaria grows in deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests, more often on sandy soil, from July to October.

The cap is up to 12 cm in ∅, at first almost spherical , bell-shaped , then prostrate, in the center with a wide tubercle, usually ribbed along the edge, gray-brown, olive-gray, brownish, sticky skin, with numerous white warts located in concentric circles. The hat is light brown, brownish, olive-dirty and grayish.

The pulp is white , with an unpleasant odor, does not turn red at the break.

The plates are narrowed to the stem, free, white. Spore powder is white. Spores are ellipsoidal, smooth.

The leg is up to 13 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm ∅, hollow, narrowed from above, tuberous at the base, surrounded by an adherent, but easily detachable sheath. The ring on the stem is thin, rapidly disappearing, striped, white.

The mushroom is deadly poisonous.

Some even argue that the panther fly agaric is more dangerous than the Pale Toadstool.

Symptoms of poisoning appear 20 minutes and up to 2 hours after a meal. It can be mistaken for a pink-gray edible fly agaric.