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Observation 141147: Russula variata Banning

When: 2013-07-22

Collection location: Fairmont Springs, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Phil Yeager (gunchky)

No specimen available

Applanate, deeply depressed greenish caps with yellowish and pinkish spots. some portions of the caps looked as if they were becoming areolate. Caps 55-65mm, Stipes 55-60 mm long. caps orbicular with a decurved margin, and a wet pileal surface. Trama, white and brittle. Taste peppery. No odor. The gills were crowde, deccurent, and flexible to the point were I could rub my finger over them and they would return upright without breaking like most russulas do. The gills were forked quite frequently. Stipe, white with fine longitudinal lines and tapered towards the base, chalky, solid but becoming hollow. Found solitary in Oak woods.


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Phil, the key to variata…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-08-21 08:53:05 CDT (-0400)

is to observe the forking of the gills that occurs relatively close to the cap margin. Your gill photo nicely captures forking at various distances from the stipe.