Observation 85346: Mixed collection

When: 2010-08-18

Collection location: Culpeper Co., Virginia, USA [Click for map]

38.53° 78.15°

Who: Penny Firth (pfirth)

No specimen available

I call this image “The Ugly Sister” - some kind of bolete and a pretty Russula maybe?
Should I crop it into two photos and post separately?

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Excellent. Many thanks!
By: Penny Firth (pfirth)
2011-12-30 10:29:59 PST (-0800)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-12-30 08:54:09 PST (-0800)

Give your field guide a good going over. If you don’t have one, that’s step one. Mushrooms Demystified has some pictoral glossary pages for key macro characters. The first 45 pages or so should give you plenty to keep in mind for future collections. Largent I through III (How to Identify Mushrooms to Genus) would be a good investment as well. The third deals exclusively with microscopic features, which will only be of practical use if you have access to a microscope, immersion oil, reagents, etc. Even without scope access, it is a valuable text for familiarizing oneself with micromorphology, especially if you intend to do microscope work somewhere down the road.

For Russula in particular, spore color (in deposit) is one of the more important things to note. Print your freshly collected Russula on glass, tin foil, or half black/half white paper and record the color. The genus is also notorious for variation in cap color depending on age and fruiting conditions. Finding many specimens at all stages of development — a virtue touted in any good guide book — will greatly assist in your IDing.

What macro features
By: Penny Firth (pfirth)
2011-12-30 08:19:25 PST (-0800)

are best for ID of these? (I promise to get photos of underside of caps and bases in coming season!)

Not sure how to observe or record microscopic features. Tips?

Thanks for your time.


By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-12-30 07:42:49 PST (-0800)

and other genera such as Cortinarius and Inocybe have some distinct species that can be identified from a photo but most of the species require notes of macro and micro features as Danny has pointed out. I was not belittling your photo or the genus Russula. It is just that if you are trying to get an identification without more information,the odds are against it.

A waste of time??
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-12-30 04:39:04 PST (-0800)

Hardly. Post away. There’s nothing inferior about your Russula that would make make it unfit for an observation. Where it goes from Russula sp., however, is up to how much documentation you can provide on your end, namely good notes, both macro and micro.

Thanks very much.
By: Penny Firth (pfirth)
2011-12-30 04:35:35 PST (-0800)
Posting separately is recommended.
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-12-29 18:33:29 PST (-0800)

The bolete looks like a Tylopilus. I would not waste your time posting the Russula. Pretty color though.

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