Wild ‘death cap’ mushrooms sicken 14 people in California

The world’s most dangerous mushroom and what it did to an 18-month-old girl Amanita phalloides, better known as the “death cap” mushroom, has more than earned its nickname. (California Department of Public Health) They sprouted up in abundance after heavy rains, poking up through California lawns and forests, appearing harmless to some of those who found them — as though they’d make …