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Russula emetica   (The Sickener)
North America, Europe
Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 4-9 cm tall * 0.7-2 cm thick

Russula emetica, also know as The Sickener, is a medium-sized agaric that has a convex to slightly depressed, scarlet-red cap. It grows mainly with coniferous trees in boggy areas. The mushroom is moderately poisonous and has a very hot taste.

Cap 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 include Russula silvicola which is the common dry woodland species across North America and Russula fageticola which usually grows under beech trees, and it also tastes hot. Russula emetica can also be confused with Amanita muscaria but can be distinguished by having veil patches on the cap, a stem ring, and a bulb.

Russula emetica on the web site.

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