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Observation 11478: Russula fragilis Fr.

When: 2008-09-21

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

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Pink with darker center (sort of “Russula” coloring) with white gills and stem, growing on a rotting log.

There had been a thunderstorm at around 4:30 PM on the twentieth, with quite a hard rain. Total rainfall where I live was minor, but in Pembroke it exceeded half a centimeter according to official (Environment Canada) records.

So it may not be that surprising that I found at least ten distinct species of mushroom within a region of only a few square meters in one of the damper parts of those woods when I went there the next day. Besides the pink mushroom:

On another, nearby log were several small brown cortinarii with yellow gills (obs. 11476), and close by were some scattered yellow mushrooms (obs. 11467).

Not far away was a bolete (obs. 11479), an earth tongue (obs. 11486), some cup fungi growing on wood (obs. 11485), and at least four agaric species (obs. 11480, 11481, 11482, and 11483).

There were more agarics nearby that I ignored, so the total species count was probably closer to 15 than 10.

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