Observation 119442: Russula alutacea group

When: 2012-12-09

Collection location: Yost Park, Edmonds, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Mark Lee (EdibleGuy)

No specimen available

Growing under Douglas Fir. Purple and white. A Russula?

Proposed Names

54% (1)
Recognized by sight
56% (1)
Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified. Creamy to yellowish gills, white flesh, purple cap, mild taste lead (finally) to Russula alutacea group.

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Arora keys out fairly easily, provided you accept the creamy to yellowish gills and purple cap.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-12-11 12:59:37 PST (-0800)

But there are still several possibilities for actual species. You state this was found “Growing under Douglas Fir.” Arora states R. olivacea in NA is associated with conifers, but in Europe with hardwoods.

Another test would be a “purple-red phenol reaction”, but I don’t know how to do that test. Arora also says there is “… an unidentified western conifer-lover that has a buffy-brown to pinkish-brown or flesh-colored cap, mild-tasting flesh, and acrid-tasting gills.”

I don’t have all the answers. Looks like R. alutacea group works pretty good, though.

just say the taste is “mild”
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-12-11 09:18:14 PST (-0800)

normally I just nibble a tiny bit of the cap edge.
gorgeous cap color on this one. good luck w/ID!
did you get a spore drop? they won’t drop spores once refrigerated though.

ammonia/off odors can be caused by rotting flesh.

Gills are creamy-yellow
By: Mark Lee (EdibleGuy)
2012-12-11 08:29:27 PST (-0800)

Daniel – You are correct. Purple on top, white everywhere else except the gills. The gills are creamy-yellow.

Gills look yellow is some photos.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-12-10 13:06:19 PST (-0800)

Are they? Your notes indicate only purple and white.

taste and smell notes
By: Mark Lee (EdibleGuy)
2012-12-09 07:41:58 PST (-0800)

After sitting on my counter overnight, the inner tissue of this mushroom smells faintly of ammonia. Maybe like smelly gym socks. A raw sample of the inner stem tastes so mild I can’t pick up any flavor.

I peeled the stem before tasting. Should I taste the other parts to help with ID?

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