POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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.