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confirm russula identity

 
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hi,

i spread some king stropharia spawn among layers of cardboard, wood chips, and paper a month or two ago, and recently I have been seeing red mushrooms in the area (some directly in the sown area and others a little further away in forest litter).

these seem more red than i was expecting from wine caps. in most photos they seem to be burgundy. these are quite red, and certainly they are brittlegills/russula.of some sort-- but i am uncertain if they are the wine caps!

please see attached photo for example
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Hi Eon, It does ring a number of Rus. Sp. bells.  
Are you able to get a picture of the underside?
Do the gills attach directly to the stipe or is there a gap?
It the top 'slimey' or rough?
If you crush a piece does it stain black, brown, or yellow?

No rusellas taste good, and some induce instant vomiting.
here's a taxonomic link;
http://www.svims.ca/council/Russul.htm
 
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That certainly is a member of the Russula emetica  group, here is a link to a wikipedia article about the Emetic Russula (aka "The Sickener") and the other members of this group:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russula_emetica

Chris is right, you don't want to eat this mushroom, although there are a few edible members in the Russula genus.

Winecaps are a darker burgundy color and their gills are grayish brown.

 
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Here's a video on Wine Cap identification by the folks at Field & Forest:



By the way, these guys have lots of other great videos on mushroom growing.
 
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Russulas don't have rings and their gills will stay white they won't darken with age. those two things will let you see easily if it is a russula or a winecap.

I disagree with Chris on the no russulars taste good, some taste very good However a very general rule is that if it is red it is not a good russula to try.
 
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