Observation 175043: Russula vinacea Burl.

When: 2014-08-22

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

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Oak pine woods.


Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
Used references: Multiple sources point toward this being the correct NA name for the former R. krombholzii.

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This is the mushroom…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-24 01:04:14 EDT (-0400)

called R. krombholzii in the Audubon. That’s where I fist learned it. Purple-red cap with a dark to black center. It has a weird slightly unpleasant slightly fruity odor. Often one of the first mycorrhizal mushrooms to appear in the spring. Usually occurs with oak. In a world of nondescript red Russulas, this is one of the few that sorta stands out.

Then after posting here on MO a few years ago, I learned that, at some point in time, the name had been changed to atropurpurea.

Not long after I had managed to learn the name “atropurpurea”, I began noticing what looks like these posted here on MO as R. vinacea. It’s unclear to me which name is best to use. Index Fungorm lists each name, but does not indicate they are synonyms.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2014-08-23 21:40:52 EDT (-0400)

Do you mind if I ask you how you arrived at this name and what references you used?