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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
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Russula emetica, also known 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 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.

Russula emetica on the web site.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very hard to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. We recommend, because of this, that you don't eat wild mushrooms at all, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushrooms listed here.

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