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Observation 145493: Russula brunneola Burl.

When: 2013-09-14

Collection location: Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

I haven’t yet had a chance to take a close look at these.


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I have collected R. brunneola…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-09-20 08:58:25 CDT (-0400)

for many years. It’s a pretty good edible. About 20 or so ago I took one of my Russula collections to the New Jersey Fungus Festival and handed it over to Ray Fatto (Russula expert who has sadly passed away). Although my collection was mixed, according to Ray most of the ones I thought to be brunneola were in fact brunneola… with a couple xerampleina mixed in and I think maybe one brunneoviolacea… or was it vinosobrunnea :-) At any rate, I feel quite confident about the xerampelina types. They all bruise distinctly brown on the gills. Although this collection shows a slight brown tinge on the gills, it’s not as dark as with xerampelina types. R. brunneoviolacea is reported as a smooth-capped mushroom with specks on the cuticle. This collection has caps finely striate-tuberculate, as reported for R. brunneola. The collection appears to agree quite well with Phillips’ account of brunneola.

I probably should have posted “Russula brunneola” as “promising” from the start. That way it does not look like just a guess, as is often the case with any of my “could be” posts. But, given the lack of confidence associated with IDing many Russula types, I chose to be more conservative with this one. However, IMO “could be” should be read eaxactly for what it says. If someone thinks “could be” is incorrect, I believe they should offer evidence to support this claim.

More research
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2013-09-19 20:40:17 CDT (-0400)

less guesing

Phil, I’m wondering what it is…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2013-09-19 07:53:48 CDT (-0400)

about this collection that leads one away from R. brunneola?