Plants and mushrooms (fungi) poisonous to people in Queensland
If you are concerned about an actual or suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 1126.
This section of the website contains descriptions and photos of a number of local plants and fungi (mushrooms and toadstools) that can be poisonous to people. Some of these plants are grown in home gardens, some grow wild in the forest or field and some are common weeds. They all pose some risk if consumed or, in some cases, handled by people, however the risk varies from species to species. A few of the plants and fungi identified in this website have been known to cause permanent disability or even death in the past, whilst others have only been reported as causing rashes, vomiting or other unpleasant (but not life threatening) reactions. Key Symbols have therefore been used in this website as an indication of relative risk.
It is important to recognise that toddlers, in particular, may be at greater risk given their habit of tasting everything and their relatively small body size. Where fungi (mushrooms and toadstools) appear, often after rain, it is suggested these be removed from areas accessible to young children, as soon as possible.
This website is based on the publication Plants Poisonous to People in Queensland jointly produced by Queensland Health and the Environmental Protection Agency in August 2005. Visit the Queensland Government Publications site and Search under "Poisonous Plants" to order your hard copies of the booklet ($3.41 each).
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The information in this website is based on current knowledge and was correct at the time of publishing. However, not all species of toxic plants and fungi are included here and new species are continually being discovered. Poisonous plants pose a real threat to human health and, in some cases, may cause fatalities. Do not eat any plant or fungus that has not been positively identified by an authoritative institution such as the Queensland Herbarium.
If toxic plants, berries, flowers, seeds or fungi are accidentally ingested, seek medical advice immediately or contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
The information in this website is provided by the State of Queensland though Queensland Health and the Environmental Protection Agency (“State of Queensland”) as an information source only. The information does not constitute professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. Professional advice can be obtained from the Queensland Herbarium’s Botanical Information and Advisory Service on (07) 3896 9318 or email Queensland Herbarium.
While every effort has been made in preparing this website, the State of Queensland accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies contained in this website. The State of Queensland also accepts no responsibility to persons who may rely on this information, in whole or in part, for whatever purpose. Nor does the State of Queensland accept any liability for loss and damage incurred by any person as a result of the reliance on the use of the information in this website.
The images in the 'plant and mushrooms' section of this website are reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Protection Agency, except where otherwise stated, and the copyright in this reproduced material belongs to the State of Queensland. Images donated by Dr Tony Young and Glenn Leiper are reproduced with kind permission and the copyright in this material belongs to Dr Tony Young and Glenn Leiper respectively.