Observation 23405: Russula Pers.

When: 2009-07-21

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

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Found in Zone 11, halfway along the Mile, these russulas were &@#! HUGE! We’re talking up to tea saucer sized (15cm or more in diameter). And they were all fairly badly trashed. :(

In the wide-angle shot, that’s my shadow. For more indications of scale, note that most of the plant leaves are smaller by far than most of the russulas.

I found them like this; I didn’t disturb a single one. Didn’t have to.

The photos suck somewhat — these were right in the size range where framing them properly means the camera’s too close for regular mode to work well and too far for macro mode to work well. Bleh. :(

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But the gills of Amanita never split! And Russula never has a veil or volva,
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-07-22 15:05:46 EDT (-0400)

well, at least in the northern hemisphere. BTW, it has to be a very gross thing to get Amanita and Russula mixed! You must be a bloody beginner to confuse them.
And I see: I wouldn’t taste this certain specimen too but usually there are others in better condition nearby. And if not, I’ll return the next time and look for it again…

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-07-22 13:51:34 EDT (-0400)

amanita and russula do crumble down quite similarly.
this sure looks like a russula.

No distinct odor
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-07-22 12:28:34 EDT (-0400)

and no way was that getting anywhere near my mouth, in that condition!

It is impossible to come to a proper determination
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-07-22 09:32:26 EDT (-0400)

without even knowing of taste and smell of the species and even with all macroscopic features it is damned difficult; I will not even speak of the microscope here…

Created: 2009-07-21 21:16:59 EDT (-0400)
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