Observation 20611: Russula Pers.

I thought this could be a Russula. What made me unsure was the actual size. The fungi shown was growing from the sandy loam but was only about 15mm across the cap. The height was about the same.


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
This specimen was growing near pines in a Eucalypt tree area. The stipee did not have the tinge that the above species showed. It possibly could be Russula persanguinea.

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-24% (2)
Recognized by sight
87% (4)
Recognized by sight: they come in all sizes…
60% (2)
Recognized by sight: Suggested by Gerhard. Googled info looks comparable.(webshots)

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Section Rigidae,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-12-10 18:14:12 -0430 (-0430)

Nice find Ian, it looks like many of the species that belong in section Rigidae, I’d be interested to see if the spore deposit showed any interesting yellow or ochraceous pigments or if it was whitish to cream.
Here is a link to my observation of Russula roseostipitata with an image of the spore deposit showing the interesting ochraceous pigment.

It looks quite similar to the native New Zealand species, Russula macrocystidiata, Russula roseostipitata and Russula tawai but those species as far as I know are only found in NZ, you might like to check out the Australian species that are assigned to sect. Rigidae and possibly subsection Amoeninae.

I think it will require some microscope work to identify this to species, good luck.

hmmmm, russulas with a eucalyptus host?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-12-10 17:43:03 -0430 (-0430)

unlikely that they are the same species that we find on our North American tree hosts (BTW, it’s gotta be with a tree Ian, it’s a mycorrhizal species), but heck, guess ya never know…Amanita phalloides certainly isn’t chosey about what trees it partners up with (eucalyptus is one of many)!

Reply for D.V>. Host

Deb, This fungi was at ground level amidst fallen debris, and at the time (without removing the specimen it appeared to be growing in the soil which had a small amount of sandy content.) There was considerable natural litter in the area. There was as you suggest a host, and I would image that to be eucalypt deadwood. The type of trees in this area were all eucalypts. The area was partially shaded most of the time. There was a significant amount of deadwood in the area. I found this fungi on my old property at Kundabung, and have not been able to capture a similar specimen since leaving. Just to add to the edit, the colour of the cap was colour corrected, and in daylight it was a dark rose coloured red. The last image added, was found in a different area and I believed it to be another species of Russula, but from MO discussion and naming I added it to this collection. Now I think that may have been a mistake. The ground cover and surround trees were coastal and not Eucalypts like the type that existed on my property. The last fungi shot was found at Katang, a coastal nature reserve about 30 mile from Kundabung homestead.

lovely shot as usual Ian.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-12-10 14:55:04 -0430 (-0430)

Russula come in all sizes. Particularly small ones sometimes pop up, perhaps during dry conditions or very cold ones…at any rate, for some reason the mushroom hasn’t been able to partion sufficient resources for a large fruit body.

As to naming a Russula sp. from a photo….good luck with that! Lots of us can’t even get it to species with the specimen in hand! And that is in North America where we do know some of them. I don’t know who might be working up the Russula in OZ…but just plain Russula works for me, for now…

What was the tree host, if you still remember?

By: Andrew Heath (Quercus)
2010-12-10 14:44:23 -0430 (-0430)

If I were to find this in my area, I would consider it one of the shrimp rRussulas especially with the rosy coloration to the stipe in some of them. Would this be a shrimp russula as well (not neccesarily R. xerampelina but in the complex) or is it something colpletely different that happens to visually fit for a “shrimp Russula”?

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2010-12-09 16:48:12 -0430 (-0430)


Reply to Johannes

No spore sample. I didnt even entertain tasting it. Oz is Downunder. ie Near NewZealand if That helps. (Pacific Ocean, Southern Hemisphere. )

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-06-30 12:22:33 -0430 (-0430)

You see that big boomerang-shaped continent, south of China and Japan and north of Antarctica? It’s there. :)

What color are the spores?
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-04-26 11:46:57 -0430 (-0430)

did you taste it?
where is OZ?

This strongly reminds me
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-26 10:22:01 -0430 (-0430)

of Russula lenkunya or Russula persanguinea and the hottest option is Russula clelandii, a very common Russula in NSW (it is close to the European R.sardonia and R.violeipes). But I don’t think there is much research on Russula done in Oz yet!

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