Observation 177981: Russula fragilis sensu auct. amer.

When: 2014-09-12

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

45.8083° -77.1393° 200m

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Zone 19 yielded these small Russula fragilis specimens near the border between moss and dense woods. AFAIR this Russula is a decomposer instead of MR with trees, unlike most, so it probably suffices to note that both conifer and hardwood debris is present about the site.

The usual suspects were in nearby areas of moss — Cantharellula umbonata and Cystoderma amianthinum dotting it with grey and yellow coin-sized circles. It’s interesting how some species fruit only sporadically, while others very reliably appear in their patches every single year at predictable times.

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Recognized by sight: Small, fragile, “bony” (gills pushing up cap flesh near margin), with that distinct umbo-in-depression cap geometry.

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