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The Sickener

Russela emetica

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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jbergie13
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jbergie13

British Columbia, Canada

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

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