Observation 121117: Russula albidula Peck

When: 2012-12-25

Collection location: Alpine Lake, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

Growing near Live oak.
Caps up to 8.3 cm across, and somewhat viscid (conditions wet).
Taste was mild(double-checked)
Spore print was an orangy yellow.
Spores were ~ (7.1)8.0-9.1 X 6.1-7.1(8.0) microns, with short warts and partial reticulation.

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R. albidula
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2012-12-27 11:56:24 CET (+0100)

I can’t hink of anything else but R. albidula. Particularly if the spore deposit is off white to pale yellow. I’d ignore the taste cause they lose the acridity when beaten by rain.

By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2012-12-27 04:40:33 CET (+0100)

Ron, (& hi Deb):

Interestingly, practically all Russulas I encounter have an odor, either of something resembling an odor from the plant kingdom (e.g., almond extract w/a mushroomy odor) or a mushroomy odor that is substantially different than that variety of odors within unrelated groups (unrelated like Agaricus, Amanita, Boletales, Boletes, etc.). The odor is so distinct to me now that if non-mushroomers I encounter who I ask to smell “non-distinct smelling Russulas” didn’t just respond “it smells like a mushroom”, I’d think the smell is not that of any general mushroom, but a unique scent of a Russula.

They didn’t have a detectable odor,
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2012-12-26 21:15:30 CET (+0100)
and the gills were pretty much all the same length with some short occasional forking near the edges. The stipe was solid and had some low longitudinal ridges that almost looked like reticulation(use max. enlargement on photo).

The cap edges were smooth and it did not appear that one could peel much cuticle off the caps.
Going through Thiers’ Russula monograph key led me to R. albida or R. basifurcata, neither of which was totally satisfactory, but perhaps possibilities.

any more details?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-12-26 19:40:38 CET (+0100)

gills same length?
texture of stipe?

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