This medium-sized agaric has a distinctive scarlet-red cap, brittle creamy-white gills and white stem. It is not highly poisonous and has a very hot taste.
convex to slightly depressed, and often shiny scarlet or cherry red, becoming sticky at wet. Gills
are whitish, becoming pallid straw, more or less free, brittle, and narrow. Spores
are white. Stem
white, club shaped with a scurfy skin.
Similar species Russula silvicola
is the common dry woodland species across North America. Russula fageticola
usually grows under beech trees, and it also tastes hot. Amanita muscaria
has veil patches on the cap, a stem ring, and a bulb.
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