When: 2007-01-27

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

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

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Not sure about these so I’ll just put them under ‘sp.’. But I did spend sometime on these, so I wanted to get that down here.

These have a mild taste, yellow gills, plain white stipe, and bright red cap. The stipes of these were also somewhat wrinkled along the length, and stuffed. Also there was a really old one, and the stipe was dull grey on that one. When I cut one open the flesh stained grey quickly as you can see in the second photo.

These all seem to point to R. occidentalis, but also to R. pacifica. R. pacifica was only seen under Sitka spruce in the north of the state, so it is probably R. occidentalis. But the staining reaction of that one is it turned red first, and then grey later when cut. I don’t see much red there, but there is some light reddish tone in the edge of the stipe, maybe… so I don’t know.

There are supposed to be some clear reactions with phenol, aniline, et al. But I didn’t have such things or the time to go through it all, so just a ‘sp.’ for now.

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