Observation 15892: Russula Pers.

When: 2008-12-31

Collection location: Marble Mountain Ranch, Siskiyou Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Harlan (harlanx6)

No specimen available

This was found in loose soil and forest litter and had been exposed by the dogs. The canopy is typical D. fir, tanoak and madrone. It’s a little one, but it kind of has a Russula look to it. Possibly R. placita is close to a match, but Russulas are tough to separate here and there seem to be many species erupting in the same time frame. My library is limited, ATTRPAM, & MD by David Arora, and it seems to be obsolete now.


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Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: I am probably wrong but came across this and thought this could be suggested. Tiny size with very crude gills, somewhat secotoid cross section, waxy appearance to cap, decurved margin, etc.
Used references: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

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By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-01-02 07:23:37 CST (-0500)

Might also be Arcangeliella, a kind of hypogeous Lactarius which often is fragrant, small, and usually has some latex present. Russula might also be correct. I can’t tell from the photos whether there is a clear latex present or not. My experience with Arcangeliella is limited, having only found specimens of A. camphorata, which has a distinctive aroma to my nose of sweet medicinal aroma, but which is described as having an aroma similar to eucalyptus.