Observation 2161: Russula puellaris Fr.

When: 2007-01-27

Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Ok, the russulas, there were plenty of Russulas up there this year, but there are always plenty of Russulas found, but not always id’ed. I kinda challenged myself to not dismiss these, and to try and id’ed at least 2 new species I’ve never done before each time I go up there… see how that goes…

But these weren’t so bad. I found lots of these in among some redwoods. These were fairly pale in this photo, but there were others that were darker in color, with red and purple tones. Most of them had some form of green tones and spots in the caps. They had a mild taste, and the notes in Thiers’ Russulas states that varigated pileus with mild taste is only R. abietina.

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By: Alejandro Kong (russulal)
2009-10-09 11:26:54 CDT (-0400)

Yes, my opinion on the knowledge of Russula from America is that at least 70% of the species are endemic to the continent … and only few are the species common to both Europe and America, and maybe some with Asia.

I collected a lot of specimens close to Russula fragilis from Mexico and the species of the picture seems to this group, but surely not the European R. fragilis !!!

I don’t remember the names of North American species of this group in this moment, but I will suggest a name for the specimen of the picture latter …

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-10-08 21:03:18 CDT (-0400)

we can have some way of id’ing Russulas to their subsection instead of trying to figure out there species which are often European names any way

Russula Subsection Atropurpurinae
By: Alejandro Kong (russulal)
2009-10-08 20:57:22 CDT (-0400)

It seems a Russula of subsection Atropurpurinae, close to Russula fragilis. Russula abietina was described with yellow lamellae and your species has white ones.