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Amanita pantherina

Common name: The Panther
Spore Print: White
Habitat: On the forest floor; mycorrhizal (grows in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of certain trees).
Edibility: Poisonous!
Comments: Eating Amanitas should be avioded at all cost! Even experienced mushroom hunters will avoid any mushroom that grows on the ground out of a cup or vulva (typical of Amanita), even if it is thought to be edible. This particular mushroom is an easy one to identify and should be taught to the novice. It can be recognized by a white (with a slight brown or pale yellow tinge) cap, white stem, white gills, white spore print, white volva; basically an all white mushroom (notice the scales on the stem also). There are no confirmed deaths from this mushroom, but it is the mushroom that's responsible for most of the poisonings in the Pacific Northwest. Other species that look similar are the Death Cap (Amanita phalloides), and the Destryoing Angel (Amanita virosa) as well as a few other Amanitas.

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