Beware! The Deadliest Mushroom in the World Grows in Michigan
There is a mushroom that is spreading like wildfire across North America, and yes, you can find it right here in Michigan.
National Geographic recently put out an article that talked about how the deadliest mushroom in the world was thriving in North America and spreading like wildfire. I had never heard of the type of mushroom referenced as I don't know much about mycology. So, I did some digging to see if this poisonous mushroom grows in Michigan. Well, it sure does.
What is the World's Deadliest Mushroom?
The World's deadliest mushroom is the death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). This is one nasty mushroom.
What Happens if You Eat a Death Cap Mushroom?
Death cap mushrooms look edible but they're not. Consuming a death cap mushroom can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal. They contain potent toxins that can cause severe liver and kidney damage and lead to death if not treated promptly.
Has Anyone in Michigan Ever Died From a Deth Cap Mushroom?
While death caps are responsible for 90 percent of the mushroom-related fatalities that occur every year, there are no reported deaths in Michigan (that we could find).
What Does the Death Cap Mushroom Look Like?
According to National Geographic, death caps can grow up to six inches tall with a similarly sized domed cap, sometimes tinged yellow or green. Under its cap are white gills and an off-white stem—characteristics that make it difficult to distinguish from an edible mushroom.
Before ever eating a mushroom that grows in the wild, check with an expert.
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