When: 2009-08-03

Collection location: Philipshill Woods, Hertfordshire, England [Click for map]

Who: Hunx (Mycohunx)

No specimen available

Amazing find! On the way back to the car, on a footpath outside the woods. Note the fungi growing next to the specimen at the top left…any ideas?
Very distinctive and no specimens taken, so from reference books, the very distinctive cap colour makes it a sure identification of a. pantherina.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:35 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Philipshill Woods, Hertfordshire, UK’ to ‘Philipshill Woods, Hertfordshire, England’


amanita pantherina
amanita pantherina

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: the current name for it, is maybe Amanita excelsa?
The picture shows neither ring nor volva. That makes it difficult to ID.

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the other fungus
By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2009-08-10 16:27:45 CDT (-0400)

which embarasses the spissa is a small Lactarius.

A.spissa it is!
By: Hunx (Mycohunx)
2009-08-10 09:56:00 CDT (-0400)

As mentioned before, no specimen was taken, but yes, the lack of collar around the stem does make it a. spisssa, Also known as the False Panther, I believe, so it’s easy to see how the mistake can be made!

I agree with Irene.
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-08-07 11:49:40 CDT (-0400)

Also these are lacking a shaggy looking stipe, I see no collar around the base of the stipe on the large one in the first pic.

Hunx, did you happen to get the whole base of the mushroom up?

not a comment on the mushroom….
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-08-07 08:25:21 CDT (-0400)

Amanita excelsa” is presently considered a synonym for “A. spissa.” Dr. Bas reported “typical” material of both taxa growing from a common mycelium in a personal communication to me. On the other hand, there seem to be several taxa or possible taxa of what might be called “the excelsa group” from southern Europe and several old names have been resurrected and have been applied to these “taxa.” However, it should be noted that the application of such names in this manner may be questionable and/or idiosyncratic.


Looks too grey-stemmed for pantherina
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-08-07 04:20:42 CDT (-0400)