Collection location: Tomales Bay State Park, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Found under live oak.
Taste acrid, gills yellow in age, stipe and cap a rose red.
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Had to move quickly here, didn’t get spore prints. If you look through the Thiers monograph, there is only really the one rose red cap and stipe, acrid taste, with yellow gills in age in CA. The one to get confused with here is R. queltii, which is a purple-red, instead of rose-red, and he states seen more from the northern coast with Sitka spruce.
Looking in the monograph it does state found under pines. This was a mixed forest area, but with mostly live oak around the picnic area. I see one of these each year under a live oak in the hills here, and there are no pines around…
If it grows with oak, it’s not sanguinea. But I can see pine needles in the pictures, so I guess it’s a possibility after all.