Omphalotus Nidiformis

When I’m out looking for mushrooms there are a huge variety that are often difficult to ID. Its important to be sure what a mushroom is before considering edibility as some mushrooms can cause a long slow death. Having said that the deadly mushrooms are few but the unidentified mushrooms are many. Australia probably has over twenty thousand species of macro fungi of that less then twenty percent have been properly classified. The mushrooms that are eaten in Australia are the same species that are eaten over seas. One mushroom in particular is misidentified more then any other, the Death cap, Aminita Phalloides. I am unaware of this mushroom growing in the area however I’ve had a whole lot of people tell me they have seen them growing here. These people see a mushroom and assume that its a death cap without any idea what a death cap looks like, how they grow or where they grow. A. phalloides grows under introduced oak trees in a temperate climate.

There are local mushrooms that are poisonous and some of them look very much like edible mushrooms. Its beyond my abilities to come up with a complete list of poisonous mushrooms found in the local area however there are some common ones that I will post about.

Agaricus xanthodermus and A. moelleri: the yellow staining agarics 

Chlorophyllum molybdites: The green spored parasol

Galerina species are present in Australia and some may be deadly poisonous.

Omphalotus Nidiformis the ghost fungus