The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Edible to Something

20130528 018The shape and colouring of this mushroom is like something you would see in a children’s book about fairies and toadstools.  They are the only mushrooms in the forest that get eaten by something.  It is rare to actually find a whole one as they are normally smashed and scattered on the forest floor.  I uncovered this one when I saw part of the cap under the leaf litter.  I think the kangaroos eat them.  They are Russula. aff. rosacea and are mychorrhizal with eucalypt roots and found in wetter parts of eastern states of Australia as well as Western Australia.   Most of the 750 Russula species are toxic and have the common name of emetica  which apparently is a good description of the result of eating them.
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