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In the east we seem to have many varieties of red russula. And some are brilliant – although more in the carmine direction than the pure fire engine red in these pictures. But the stipe is mostly, not always, white here.
As in many other things, the west beats the east again – this time for dramatic color!
“On the West Coast, Russula sanguinea has a look-alike in Russula americana, which according to Thiers (1997b) differs only in spore dimensions; its spores measure 9-11 × 8-11 µ. Russula americana may eventually be the name best applied to the West Coast versions of Russula sanguinea; while I doubt that it is truly distinct by virtue of spore dimensions and nothing else, it is a species name that represents an original collection from the Pacific Northwest (rather than Europe). The strikingly red stems of West Coast, sanguinea-like mushrooms are perhaps another morphological feature separating these mushrooms from their European and eastern North American counterparts, whose stems are usually substantially less red.” MushroomExpert
Created: 2013-01-06 12:27:34 PST (-0800)
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