Pungent Russula
Russula emetica
Russulaceae (Russula) Mushroom Family

This rosy mushroom may also be known as Pungent Russula. The plant is identified by a medium-sized cap, broadly convex to convex-depressed, viscid, smooth, hairless, and bright red, The flesh is very soft, white or pink under the cap. Its gills are adnate (attached to cap and stem). The stalk is thick and dull white. The taste and smell is acrid. While the Pungent Russula is usually associated with areas in the northeast, it is also found in the southeast as well. Look for it in the leaf litter under hardwood trees along stream banks and in flood zones.


Juan Cano, Sam Houston State Park, Texas
November 1, 2008

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