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Russula sanguinaria : Red Stem & Cap Russula

apologies for I have not done my chemical analysis on this one to get it correct, but all listed species below are very similar :)


Without a chemical test, these mushrooms are virtually indistinguishable from one another! Russula silvicola, Russula rosea, Russula cremoricolor, Russula sanguinaria, Russula emetica, and the list goes on!! Either way, they are inedible for many individuals and they have a whopping bitterness and acrid taste to them which is sure to make you spit instead of swallow... It'll take a long time to get all these Red Russula figured out :)

Also See Similar:
Russula emetica (european naming)?
Russula paludosa (pale pink cap & peat moss)
Russula cremoricolor (west coast coniferous forests)                   North American version of emetica
Russula silvicola (michigan to east coast)                                     North American version of emetica 


Kingdom : Fungi
Division : Basidiomycota
Class : Agaricomycetes
Order : Russulas
Family : Russulaceae
Genus : Russula
Species :
Russula sanguinaria :                                             Red Stem and Cap Russala Mushroom

Where to Find This Mushroom in the Wild?

This mushroom, along with its super super close relatives like Russula rosacea (which many researchers believe to be the same mushroom) Doesn't even seem like there are any differences or enough research on Russula rosacea to distinguish these two so apologies on that. In fact, it seems as though many places across the world simply have different names for these mushrooms including Russula rosacea and Russula sanguinea. Referred to as the bloody brittlegill, these mushrooms often habitat areas frequented by coniferous trees and will be spread across a small visible area. If it is growing in moss it may be best to suspect this may be Russula paludosa

Again, it is extremely difficult to 100% ID this Genus without microscopic analysis. 



Description of the Mushroom

Cap: typically convex or depressed in shape and up to four inches wide once fully grown. Bright red coloring at times as most Russula are
Stem / Stipe: bare with red coloring on the stem that often distinguishes this one from nearly identical mushrooms in the same Genus.
Gills: cream color to white, 
Hymenium: adnate or decurrent 
Spore Print: white / cream color 
Ecology:  Mycorrhizal and in abundance across primarily coniferous forests in the United States and Europe. 
Edibility: Not edible


Interesting Facts

sanguinaria and sanguinea are derived from the Latin word sanguis ('blood'), a reference to the mushroom's colour. According to David Arora in 1986, it was unclear whether this European species is the same as the American species Russula rosacea. According to a 2012 field guide, they are the same

Edibility / Recipes

Not Edible



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