by Michael W. Beug Email: beugm@evergreen.edu
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Slide 63.
Russula xeromphalina, the Woodland Russula, is highly variable in cap color and odor. In age it smells like old crab or shrimp. Russula xeromphalina is a favorite edible of mine, though my wife won't eat it and it is very tricky to identify correctly. One couple thought that they had found Russula xeromphalina and ate one raw. After two hours the woman began repeated vomiting episodes, experienced diarrhea and was cold and weak. After three hours the man began suffering the same symptoms and later vomited blood and passed blood rectally. His temperature climbed to 102.5 accompanied by a high white cell count and no urine output but symptoms resolved soon thereafter.
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