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Russula emetica

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

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Although the Russula genus of gilled mushrooms can easily be recognized by even an amateur, recognizing the distinction between species is not as simple!  

Since there are over 128 red-capped Russula species, 83 of which have a red cap and white stem, identification for the lay person like me is again difficult - probably impossible!  Mushroom expert Michael Kuo states that "advanced Russula identification is a nightmare far beyond the usual frustrating realm of advanced mushroomology".  

Might this specimen be Russula emetica? commonly known as the “Sickener, Emetic” or “Vomiting Russula”.  The name “Sickener” refers to the gastrointestinal distress it causes when eaten. 

This species  has a scarlet, convex to flat cap and grows to be up to 8.5cm in diameter.  The cap colour fades in wet weather.  The gills are pale cream or white and closely spaced.  The stem typically measures up to 10.5 cm long and 2.4 cm thick.  This species can be found in the Northern Hemisphere growing in damp woods under conifers.  It particularly likes Pine.


Note:  There are many Russula species that look identical to this fungus.  A true identification can only be made via microscopic examination and even that has been reported to be confusing!.    

Typical to this species, note the sticky cap.  Young specimens have a convex cap which flattens and then gets a central depression.  Closed spaced gills are intervenose (have cross-veins in the spaces between the gills) and sometimes forked.  Their attachment to the stem may be adnate, adnexed or completely free.

Russula emetica is very similar to Russula nobilis (Beechwood Sickener).  However, R. nobilis is more brittle, keeps its convex cap shape even when fully mature.  Both are equally as poisonous.

 

Russula Specimen "A"    Russula emetica ?????

 

Red Russula mushroom

Russula Red - "A" - 1
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Red Russula emetica fungus?

Russula Red - "A" - 2
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Red mushroom white stem

Russula Red - "A" - 3
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Russula emetica mushroom

Russula Red - "A" - 4
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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White gills of Russula red emetica mushroom

Russula Red - "A" - 5
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Russula Specimen "B"    Russula emetica ??

 

Russula emetica mushrooms?

Russula Red - "B" - 1
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Russula emetica mushrooms on pine forest floor

Russula Red - "B" - 2
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Three red Russula mushrooms.

Russula Red - "B" - 3
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Hand holding Russula red mushroom.

Russula Red - "B" - 4
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Stalk and roots of Red Russula emetica? mushroom.

Russula Red - "B" - 5
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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Red cap white stem Russula mushroom

Russula Red - "B" - 6
Photographed under Pine trees in northern Ontario in late autumn.

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