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Monday, 10 October 2011

The Sickener

Monday Mushroom #22

This bright, little mushroom of the boggier conifer plantations goes by the name of 'The Sickener'

Russula emetica - The Sickener

Russula emetica - The Sickener

When starting out, russulas are one of the most easily recognised mushroom genera - they have a distinct look - the stout, brittle stems, white or off white gills and flesh and smooth, regular, often brightly coloured caps. But there are many different species, and identifying the individual species is quite tricky - which is a shame as many are good edibles, but quite a few are - like the sickener - likely to cause gastric upsets.

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