Observation 168334: Russula prolifica Buyck

Purchased along the roadside of RN7 from local vendors. Two species of Russula are pictured: R. prolifica (the focus of the observation) and R. madagassensis. The former is pale. The latter is purple, and can be seen in the right basket in image one and the lower/closer basket in image two. A separate observation exists for these at Observation 168335.

Habitat: Eucalyptus Woodland (likely E. robusta)

Ecoregion: Madagascar Subhumid Forests (AT0118) WWF | WKP

Collectors: D. Newman, J. Shay, E. Randrianjohany & R. Letsara

Collection #: DSN003

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Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
Used references: Buyck, Bart. “The Edible Mushrooms of Madagascar: An Evolving Enigma.”€ Economic Botany 62.3 (2008): pp. 509-520. Print
Buyck B. “€œPreliminary observations on the diversity and habitats of Russula (Russulales, Basidiomycotina) in Madagascar.” Micologia e Vegetatione Mediterranea 16.2 (2002): pp. 133-€“147. Print
Heim, R. “Diagnoses latines d’espèces et variétés nouvelles de Lactario-russulés du domaine oriental de Madagascar.”€ Candollea 7 (1938): pp. 374-393. Print

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just finished that article by Buyck.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-02-09 09:31:44 PST (-0800)

Russulas had not been a food source for locals, prior to the introduction of eucalyptus plantations. This Russula did not come from OZ, either.

Super interesting that somehow these Madagascar lost in space and place eucalypts have managed to find brand new MR partners, outside of the many many MR that grow with them in their native land. This would appear to be a new phenomenon. Mostly they just don’t behave as a MR tree at all (here in CA, altho there are rumors that Cantharellus californicus may sometimes grow w/euc) or they grow MR fungi that were transplanted right along with their roots, like in the case of Amanita marmorata, an OZ death cap that now lives in both S. Africa and Hawaii.

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