Russula emetica (The Sickener)
Europe, North America
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 with a convex to slightly depressed, scarlet-red cap. It is found mainly beneath conifers (pines and spruces in particular) and occasionally also on mossy (fairly wet) heathland. The mushroom is known for its intensely hot taste.

Cap convex to slightly depressed, and often shiny scarlet or cherry red, becoming sticky at wet. The skin can be peeled off at least halfway to the centre and the flesh of Russula emetica is pink beneath the cuticle. Gills are whitish, becoming pallid straw, more or less free, brittle, and narrow. Stem white, cylindrical, sometimes yellowing slightly with age. The base is slightly clavate. It has no ring. Spore print white or very pale cream.

Microscopic Features: Spores are ellipsoidal, measuring 8-11 x 7.5-8.5µm, and have conical warts that are up to 1.2µm tall. These warts are connected by narrow lines, forming a well-developed reticulum.

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