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The Sickener

Russela emetica


A poisonous but still eaten fungus that makes people somewhat ill. The definitive feature is the red cap which is similar to other Russela. On this trip we had seen a squirrel eating another kind of mushroom and we thought it possible that a squirrel nibbled on parts of this mushroom as well.


This fungus was found in sphagnum moss under conifers in the montane region of Mount Robson, but can be found in mixed woods as well. A wet season, there was an abundance of fungus. The cap of the mushroom was moist to touch.


Photo by J.Bergie, K. Van Katwyck, Dr. X. Chen Literature Cited: National Audobon Society. 1990. National Audobon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Mushrooms. Random House Publishing. Toronto

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 20, 2010
Submitted on Mar 16, 2011

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