The National Capital Authority has been moved to warn of the horrible menace of Death Cap mushrooms which have made themselves at home in these parts:
- ‘While the death cap is a large mushroom, with a cap ranging from light olive green to greenish yellow, the immature button can be difficult to distinguish from an edible mushroom.’
The death cap is one of the world’s deadliest fungi. All parts of this mushroom are poisonous, and eating just one mushroom can be fatal.
The death cap mushroom is commonly found near established oak tree plantings of which there are many in central Canberra and the older inner suburbs.
Known locations of the death cap mushroom include Acton, Ainslie, Commonwealth Park, Deakin, Dickson, O’Connor, Parkes, Red Hill, Reid, and Yarralumla.
If you fear you, or one you hold dear, has eaten one then call 13 11 26 for advice.
(Image courtesy of the Botanic Garden’s excellent information page on the deathcap.)