CBC News reported on a “Death Cap” mushroom, which caused the tragic death of a three year old in Victoria.
According to multiple reports, this is the first death from the mushroom ever in British Columbia. Death cap, formerly called Amanita phalloides, is described as follows on Wikipedia (photos below):
The death cap has a large and imposing … aboveground fruiting body …, usually with a … cap from 5 to 15 cm (2 to 6 in) across, initially rounded and hemispherical, but flattening with age. The color of the cap can be pale-, yellowish-, or olive-green, often paler toward the margins and often paler after rain. The cap surface is sticky when wet and easily peeled, a troublesome feature, as that is allegedly a feature of edible fungi. The remains of the partial veil are seen as a skirtlike, floppy annulus usually about 1.0 to 1.5 cm (0.39 to 0.59 in) below the cap. The crowded white … gills are free. The stipe is white with a scattering of grayish-olive scales and is 8 to 15 cm (3 to 6 in) long and 1 to 2 centimetres (3⁄8 to 3⁄4 in) thick, with a swollen, ragged, sac-like white … base. As the [base], which may be hidden by leaf litter, is a distinctive and diagnostic feature, it is important to remove some debris to check for it.
The smell has been described as initially faint and honey-sweet, but strengthening over time to become overpowering, sickly-sweet and objectionable.
CTV hosted the following video, with special guest Dr. Richard Stanwick from Island Health.
Following are some photos of the death cap mushroom.
A young death cap emerging from its universal veil. CC BY-SA 3.0,