Observation 1174: Russula Pers.

Unknown Russula here, ok, this was found last week, and I kept thinking the species would come to me here. I haven’t been able to get a clear spore print of it, must be too young. The gills are kinda yellow, but don’t know if it is a yellow spore print. The cap is dry, smooth, not visid. The pileus peels free for some way from the edge, lets say half way to the center. And the taste is mild, mostly very mild, but maybe very slightly slowly peppery, but I would put it in the mild camp. One thing the flesh when cut and bruised turns slightly yellow, just cut it doesn’t stain and stays white.

So, I don’t know on this one.

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Well, we just call it California bay…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-08-28 10:09:30 AEST (+1000)

Taking a look at:


The name of the tree is really Umbellularia californica, and around here it is common on the coast, in damp ravines of the Santa Cruz Mtns. I see in the wikipedia article that up north of here it is also called Oregon Myrtle.

California bay?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-08-28 08:44:19 AEST (+1000)

Don’t recognize. Same as California myrtle? Scientific name?

Need a specimen
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2006-12-06 03:43:19 AEDT (+1100)

Since you seem to be going back to Los Trancos Preserve regularly, hopefully you’ll see this species again and can collect more data. Do you have Thiers Russula section from Agaricales of California? If you get a mature one and can dry it, I’d be happy to look at it under the scope if you don’t have one.

I was curious about the habitat because it’s unusual to find stuff under bay and if it was in essentially pure bay it might help connect other observations in the future.

A number of trees
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2006-12-05 16:54:47 AEDT (+1100)

Yeah, it was in among bay duff here, but there were quite a few live oak near by. Within probably 30 yards or so you would find a couple madrone also, and some other scrubby stuff. But that area is mostly bay and live oak.

What trees were nearby?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2006-12-05 14:27:28 AEDT (+1100)

It looks like it was under a California bay. Were there other trees in the area?