The world’s most poisonous mushroom, Amanita phalloides, is growing in BC

The world’s most poisonous mushroom, Amanita phalloides, is growing in BC

By Maxwell Moor-Smith, BSc/ Raymond Li, BSc(Pharm), MSc/ Omar Ahmad, MD, FRCPC

Amanita phalloides, known commonly as the death cap mushroom, causes life-threatening hepatorenal dysfunction when ingested. Considered the most poisonous mushroom in the world, A. phalloides contains amatoxins, a group of bicyclic octapeptides that are responsible for 90% of global mushroom-related fatalities. One cap of A.