Scientific name: Amanita phalloides
Common names: Death cap
Hazard associated: Lethal if ingested. Causes abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhoea, jaundice and organ failure.
There may be a delay of several hours between ingestion and the initial symptoms of gastric upset.
- The toxic compounds cannot be removed by soaking, cooking or drying.
- The diagnostic features for identification are shown on the image to the right.
- As little as one cap can be deadly if ingested.
- Occurs in south-eastern Australia often in association with oak trees.
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_phalloides