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Death Cap mushroom warning - Burwood Campus

Death Cap mushrooms have been identified as growing in areas of Burwood and surrounds, including around the Elgar Road side of the Campus.

All staff and students are cautioned not to consume any mushrooms found on Campus, or in the suburbs listed below.

The mushrooms, which have been linked to two recent deaths in Canberra, appear similar to traditional Chinese mushrooms, but are extremely poisonous. They tend to grow on the roots of image of death cap mushroomoak trees and are smooth with yellow-olive caps, white gills, and cups at the base of their stems. There is also a native species of Death Cap mushroom that grow at the roots of eucalyptus trees.
The mushrooms are in fruiting season from December to February and tend to be more prevalent after heavy rain.
People who eat death cap mushrooms often feel like they are suffering mild or severe food poisoning within the first two to six hours. Symptoms can then lessen, with sufferers starting to feel better, before the toxins within the mushroom begin to affect the liver and kidneys.

The Victorian government advises that if you suspect you or anyone else has eaten a poisonous mushroom, do not wait for symptoms to occur, contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre  on 13 11 26.

For information about fungi poisoning - click here

For further information about the Death Cap mushroom - click here

Death Cap mushrooms have been identified in the following Victorian locations:

  • Burwood
  • Camberwell
  • Clayton
  • Deepdene
  • Emerald
  • Gisborne
  • Heathmont
  • Heidelberg
  • Kew
  • Mont Albert
  • Sandringham
  • South Geelong
  • South Yarra
  • Surrey Hills
  • Wheelers Hill


Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

13th January 2012