These Amanita pantherina aka panther caps were found in Lower Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.
Amanita pantherina shows up on spring right where we find her beautiful sister Amanita muscaria in the fall.
These are buttons we found on the Sunshine Coast in spring.
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