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Observation 12102: Russula gracilis Burl.

When: 2008-10-06

Collection location: Southeast Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Other than the greenish center of the cap, this seems to be a good fit. Stalk and gills white. Cap pink with a greenish center.


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arguing a russula photo ID seems like an exercise in futility…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-07 17:20:47 EEST (+0300)

…esp. when half the time you can’t even ID these things in hand!

But anyway, what characters nailed this ID? Gracilis (group) should show more color in the gills, since it has a yellow sporedrop. Taste acrid. Stalk soft and fragile, often with a flush of color (in shades of pink).

The “good” news is that Arora sez that gracilis does show a bit of green in the cap center; but color alone won’t get you a russula ID.

Under a tree, but not on wood.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-07 08:13:38 EEST (+0300)
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-10-07 02:05:57 EEST (+0300)

R. fragilis is often pink with a greenish center, and is small and has no short gills. However it is generally found in the woods, sometimes on wood.