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Russula cf. emetica sl, incl. silvestris


Caps are scarlet, fading in wet weather, peeling almost to centre. The flesh of Russula emetica is pink beneath the cuticle. Cap surface is smooth, convex, sometimes becoming slightly depressed when fully mature, margin knobbly with small, rounded bumps irregularly spaced and slightly striate, 3 to 10 cm across. Gills are white, turning pale cream, adnexed or free and crowded. The stem is white, sometimes yellowing slightly with age, cylindrical, the base slightly clavate. 4 to 9 cm long and 0.7 to 2 cm in diameter.


While Russula emetica is found mainly beneath conifers and occasionally also on mossy heathland, Russula emetica sl, incl. silvestris can be found in mixed woodlands. In common with other members of the Russulaceae, Russula emetica is an ectomycorrhizal mushroom.


I'm not sure if I have the right ID for this fungus. Suggestions are welcome, so please feel free. Spotted in National Park Veluwezoom, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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dcslaugh 4 years ago

Yes indeed! :)

Jae 4 years ago

My thoughts exactly, dcslaugh :) Amazing isn't it.

dcslaugh 4 years ago

There sure are a lot of different toadstools in the world! And a variation in color too!

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Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 26, 2015
Submitted on Oct 27, 2015

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