Amanita phalloides, ‘Death Cap’ is a European
mushroom which was introduced to the US by at least the 1970‘s with its
(Norway Spruce). It is now on many
continents including Australia, parts of Africa and South America.
caps are greenish-yellow. Gills and
veil are white with hints of yellow-green.
It smells faintly sweet to cloyingly sickly sweet. The
of fatalities (90%) are due to mushroom poisoning are a result of consumption of this
apparently looks similar to straw mushrooms and out west is confused with them
by Asian collectors. Recent Syrian deaths of refugees searching for edibles in Germany. Eating just a half of a cap can
result in death.