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Observation 132554: Russula torulosa Bres.

When: 2012-10-23

Collection location: Campo Imperatore, Italy [Click for map]

Who: James Baker (cepecity)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

-15% (2)
Recognized by sight: Found in an Alpine meadow boarding a mixed woodland on a foray led by Italian mycologist, Giorgio Lalli.
Used references: Italian mycologist Pierluigi Angeli made the ID for this mushroom
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: more info would be appreciated!
28% (1)
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Thanks for the information Gerhard
By: James Baker (cepecity)
2013-04-28 11:39:23 PDT (-0700)

I now see that Italian mycologist Silvano Pizzardo also has the name, Russula torulosa, for this mushroom in a recent communication.

I checked that habitat we collected in that day and found that the meadow was beside a mixed conifer and deciduous woods. Actually, I’m not positive whether the conifer needles in the photo are spruce or fir, but I think spruce.

I just read
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-04-28 10:23:39 PDT (-0700)

found in an alpine meadow. So it could be ordinary Russula queletii if spruce present. R. torulosa is with pine and more common in coastal areas but I also found it in demontane areas often. Another options would be R. fuscorubra or fuscorubroides.
R. sanguinea/sanguinaria is usually not that deeply violet.
Is it acrid or mild? If mild something from xerampelina-stirps would also be possible.