Death cap

death cap

 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.


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  • 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.

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