Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Paxillus involutus is a cosmopolitan brown-spored mushroom closely related to boletes. A strongly inrolled cap margin, brown bruising, and gills that easily rub off characterize it. Paxillus involutus is eaten in large quantities in some parts of Europe but is a very dangerous mushroom. Some sensitive individuals suffer gastric distress and a few suffer severe hemolytic disease that can result in death. People who have eaten this mushroom for years can become sensitized to Paxillus involutus and a subsequent meal can then result in death.