The death cap is California’s most notable poisonous mushroom. While it’s safe to touch and smell, the death cap causes severe poisonings each year, some deadly, when people misidentify and then eat them. Learning how to positively identify mushrooms, especially poisonous ones, can prevent potential poisonings. We learned from Dr. Melina Kozanitas, a postdoctoral researcher who studies fire, plant pathogens, and mycology, how to pick out the characteristics of Amanita phalloides—the death cap.
Produced by Chelsea Wood and Isabel Fischer
Special Thanks to
Dr. Melina Kozanitas
Osborn Preserve & Center for Environmental Inquiry