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Russula paludosa   (Tall Bog Russula)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-14 cm diameter, stem 5-14 cm tall * 1-3 cm thick

Russula paludosa, also known as Tall Bog Russula, is a russula with a convex to depressed, orange-red cap, with yellow discolouration in the center and a slightly sticky surface when damp.

Cap convex to depressed, coloured a distinctive bloody red, pink, crimson or purple. Sometimes it may show a yellowish or orange tinge in the centre. At first convex, later flattened and depressed, shiny or somewhat sticky when damp, cuticle peeling halfway to center. Flesh white with a mild taste and without scent; it quickly becomes soft and spongy and also greyish. Gills are cream or pallid ochraceous, adnexed, brittle, narrow, strongly interveined. Spores pale ocher. Stem white or tinged pink, more or less equal or tapering slightly upwards, smooth. Flesh white, fragile, and stuffed. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species include the poisonous and hot-tasting Russula emetica which has no yellow coloring on the cap and is smaller. Russula paludosa can also be confused with Amanita muscaria but can be distinguished by having veil patches on the cap, a stem ring, and a bulb.

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