Amanita pantherina, Tofino

These Amamita pantherina were found on the inlet side of Tofino, BC, Canada.

Amamita pantherina is not a common mushroom to find so McDowell was overjoyed to see one pop up right by the driveway into her house. If she hadn’t of been walking with Meron she would have missed it, so cudos to Meron. The rain had washed off much of the crunchy topping but there was no question what this gorgeous mushroom was.

Amanita pantherina mushroom, Tofino, BC, Canada

Amanita pantherina mushroom, Tofino, BC, Canada

Amanita pantherina mushroom, Tofino, BC, Canada

Amanita pantherina mushroom, Tofino, BC, Canada

The family of A. pantherina below were found right by the bike path in Tofino, BC. Again if Meron hadn’t taken McDowell for a walk McDowell would have missed them. Lots of crunchy toppings.

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Amanita pantherina mushroom, Tofino, BC, Canada

About the Panther Cap Mushroom (Amanita pantherina)

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

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

Amanita pantherina contains the psychoactive compound muscimol, but is used as an entheogen much less often than the related Amanita muscaria.

 

More information: Amanita pantherina: Wikipedia