Observation 178528: Russula Pers.

When: 2014-09-15

Collection location: Menlo Park, San Mateo Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: smc67

No specimen available

Images

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Recognized by sight: Small stature, crowded gills, white on white, near fall…could be.

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Don’t see any gill attachment, Pulk.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-09-16 19:03:56 CDT (-0500)

Are you saying these will have adnate gills (or slightly decurrent gills in Arora) when mature? I blew the last photo up to huge, and cannot determine how gills attachment will end up. Fungi still way too immature: barely more than buttons at this stage.

Russula brevipes
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2014-09-16 18:01:41 CDT (-0500)

has decurrent adnate gills

This looks like it might be
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-09-16 16:25:53 CDT (-0500)

Russula brevipes (Short-stemmed Russula) which can also be parasitized by Hypomyces chrysospermum into something called Lobster mushroom.

If I’m right, and this is Russula brevipes, it is edible but not incredible. OTOH, if it gets parasitized by Lobster mushroom and is harvested while still pretty young (and smells like seafood) it can be quite good eating. I have several bags of Lobster mushroom in my freezer right now.