Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]
These Russulas in Zone 24 were beautiful, pink with a yellowish tint toward the center of the somewhat depressed cap.
Of course it would take a DNA lab and several thousand dollars to confidently get these to species. I’ve seen them before, though, and they appeared today in two widely-separated zones. These were near few tree species: Pinus strobus, P. resinosa, Acer saccharum, and Betula papyrifera, maybe also Abies balsamea. The other location has more diverse trees, adding such species as aspens and Jack pine, but those can be ruled out as the host since Zone 24 lacks these trees but also has these mushrooms.
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