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If you’re interested in attracting more attention to your observations, one thing to do in addition to the great advice already given by walt and irene is to make your default thumbnail photo something more eyecatching to those browsing through the site’s recent activity. My assumption is that your recurring “cap from above” image has rendered your observations instantly recognizable to most regular MO users, users who have come to expect an unchanging level of detail in your posts.
If it’s more IDs you’re after, I think you’ll find a direct correlation between the amount of work you put in as collector, notetaker and photographer and the amount of feedback you receive on your collections’ corresponding observations.
Irene is right. Russula is a genus requiring multiple specimens of various ages, a good heavy spore print, and good photos. Chemical reactions, taste and smell are important as well as how far the cuticle peels from the cap margin. Even when you have all this, there are few Russula experts and probably many undescribed species. Many other genera have species that are not identifiable from photos so we have many IDs of Cortinarius, Psathyrella, Leucopaxillus just to genus.
don’t take my “frustration” to the hart. You’ve helped me a lot.
As far as the drying of mushrooms and sending for future stadies
I did try. Send more then one package with a link to the MO
The only answer I got was from Mr. Tullos. :(
if it has a mild taste and smells like shellfish on drying, bruises brownish and has a soft marrow in the stem (xerampelina-type), I’d suggest Russula clavipes, based on the colours. If those characters aren’t there, I have no idea.
I think the members of the M.O. could give a lot more answers. If the answer is not “accurate” is not the end of the world.
Nor am I going to sue someone
I am an amateur who wants to know the names of ’most" mushrooms that I find.
I bought about 100 books. I read it from first page to last,SEVERAL TIMES…
Unfortunately, without “your” help
I can not indentifay, one third of my findings.
Thanks again for all your help.
True Russula experts are hard to find, but I can’t imagine anyone putting a name on something they haven’t examined thoroughly, at least not from just a picture without any additional info. But without a collection they’d probably not even bother to try. It’s just amateurs like me that are fond of making guesses..
What I suspect when I have seen your pictures, is that a large part of your Russulas are undescribed and unnamed species. To make the MO obses more valuable, you should collect and dry them, include a separate spore print, add notes on taste, smell and habitat and send them to a herbarium for future investigations (with reference to the MO obs number where you have the photos).
I need help please….
with some of Russula’s
I know it is not easy to identify looking at the pictures
but any help is welcome.
Not that I’m not grateful for the help so far
but lately no one wants to help
there are a few exceptions which I will be forever grateful.
What is the point of sending the images to M.O., if most are not identified ???
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