Identification of the death cap mushroom

30 January 2012

The recent death of two Canberra residents from eating the death cap mushroom has caused serious concerns in the Chinese community.

Dr George Li, Sesquicentenary Lecturer in Herbal Medicines at the Faculty of Pharmacy was recently interviewed (20 January 2012) by the Chinese Australian New Express Daily aboutthe dangers of consuming mushroom and plants that could be poisonous.

In the interview, Dr Li warns that people should not pick wild mushrooms as the poisonous death cap mushroom can be very similar in appearance to the edible straw mushroom.He also speaks aboutthe dangers of ingesting common plants such as Oleander (Nerium oleander), Castor bean (Ricinus communis), Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)as they can be very toxic.

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