Observation 70250: Russula Pers.
When: 2011-06-26
No herbarium specimen

Notes: These mushrooms were growing in the packed mud at the base of squared wooden logs that serve as steps going up a forested hillside in the river valley, they were not deeply rooted at all. Caps are slippery when wet. Flesh is white and does not buise. Odor is mild, taste is bitter on the tongue. Photos were taken while the mushrooms were wet.

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Recognized by sight: if you have birch in the area..?

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it was slightly bitter
By: theblueadept111
2011-06-29 03:35:15 MST (-0700)

It wasn’t horribly bitter. Just enough for me to realize there was no point saving it for later.

All I could find for edibility of Russula depallens was a page that said
“Russulas: throw the mushroom as hard as possible against a tree. If it explodes, it was a Russula.”

Got your point, myxomop :-)
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-06-28 23:17:22 MST (-0700)

It’s always a good idea to try available keys. But Russula is a terrible genus. They are so many, and variable, and varying with age and weather.

It does look like a typical depallens (what I call depallens, that is). A red cap that soon fades and leaves a thin rim of red along the margin, the whole mushroom greying with age, a slightly swollen stem, not very acrid, just slightly bitter – and it grows with birch.

If Thiers has another name for it, I’d be interested to know..

or just ask irenea
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-06-28 20:04:22 MST (-0700)


Yes, there is some birch.
By: theblueadept111
2011-06-27 12:26:52 MST (-0700)

It wasn’t directly under a birch, but there are scattered birch in that ravine.

spore print
By: theblueadept111
2011-06-27 09:22:46 MST (-0700)

Spores are very light brownish/yellow. Just in case anyone is familiar with this species.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-06-26 19:24:02 MST (-0700)

some sulphovanillin, ferrous sulphate, a scope, a copy of:

Thiers, Harry D. (1997). The Agaricales (Gilled Fungi) of California. 9. Russulaceae I. Russula. Mad River Press: Eureka, CA. 158 p.

and a toothbrush. It’s gonna be a long night.

By: theblueadept111
2011-06-26 18:40:39 MST (-0700)

I figured they were probably Russula, but I would be interested to know the species.

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