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Bright red fungus

Observed: 14th August 2012 By: RobertKennedy
Bright red fungus
Description:

Shiny, bright red fungus.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

RobertKennedy's picture

Sickener

Many thanks. A number of the other observations shown are similar to other specimens at this location.

Fenwickfield's picture

very difficult

Russula is a very difficult genus to identify without microscopic examination of the spores plus there are chemicals you can use too also it is very important to show photos of the stem and gills too,personally I would have gone for genus only.If you can also write down the habitat they were found in as lots of fungi are connected to certain tree's plants ect.

Fenwickfield

jhn7's picture

I agree with Fenwickfield.

What a lovely specimen! There are many species with red caps. Russula griseascens looks extremely like Russula emetica and grows in sphagnums bogs but the stem stains green. The skin of the cap of R. emetica (The Sickener) peels off almost completely. It also confusingly grows in wet mossy places often in conifer woods. R. mairei grow with beech and can look similar. I think the problem is that each of these can vary in colour but the Sickener is mainly bright red. An interesting read, although American, http://www.mushroomexpert.com/russula.html
it goes on a bit but if you scroll down to 'how do I identify my Russula ..' it explains the difficulties!

Janet
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