Friday Fungus! The Darker Side of Fungi

It’s that time again… let’s talk some fungi!

Today we’re going to talk about the darker side of fungi – namely shrooms that can kill you. For the love of Pete do not try to eat any of the things we mention from here on out.

There are a surprising amount of deadly shrooms out there. For today’s segment, we’re going to look at one in particular – the ol’ Lepiota brunneoincarnata, AKA, the “deadly dapperling.”

Now, for starters, when thinking about consuming a mushroom, a good rule of thumb is to make sure it does NOT have a nickname that sounds like a cheezy metal band. European Destroying Angel, East Asian Death Cap, Deadly Webcap, Yellow Clubbed Foot, Autumn Skullcap, Sulfur Tuft, Yellow Knight… clearly these are all mushrooms you should NOT eat.

Now, should you find yourself in a “European coniferous woodland” do NOT eat this mushroom, for you will surely die. The Deadly Dapperling will kill you very painfully via “liver toxicity,” which is another excellent name for a metal band but no way to go.

Deadly Dapperling photo via Wikipedia.

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