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Russula emetica

Brittlegill Family [Russulaceae]  

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20 Aug, 2009. Mixed woodland, Dunblane, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The cap is bright scarlet red with a satin sheen and without white warts.


20 Aug, 2009. Mixed woodland, Dunblane, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The stem and gills brilliant white.


20 Aug, 2009. Mixed woodland, Dunblane, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The cap readily peels off spontaneously during rain.


20 Aug, 2009. Mixed woodland, Dunblane, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Hermispherical at first the cap may flatten with age and the deep colour washed out with rain.


20 Aug, 2009. Mixed woodland, Dunblane, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The colour is often washed off by rain and also nibbled away by the tiny woodland faeries


Easily confused with : Fly Agaric.

Whilst certain red funghi can be, well, fatally attractive, Russula emetica cannot be mistaken after a taste test (go on, nibble a bit raw - it imparts a burning hot sensation to the tongue) but very much like a few other Russulas and can be mistaken for the nasty Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) [which is mild tasting - ha!].

It belongs to the Brittlegill family (Russulaceae)


  Russula emetica  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Russulaceae  

THE SICKENER (Fungus)

Russula emetica

Brittlegill Family [Russulaceae]  

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