Amanita pantherina Pluteaceae Panther Cap

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Amanita pantherina Panther Cap. Another member of the Death Cap family, this is also very poisonous, although not normally fatally so. The name presumably comes from the spotted cap, which is mid-brown, with very obvious white veil remains dotted upon it (although these can get washed off in heavy rain). The stipe has a fleecy ring near the top, and the bulbous base has a ring-like rim in well-developed specimens. This is rather rare in Guernsey, and sometimes confused with the much commoner Blusher, Amanita rubescens, but unlike the latter, this species never bruises red. It is found in wooded areas and parks.

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