Observation 23417: Russula Pers.

When: 2009-07-21

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

This particular beautiful small-to-medium-sized pink Russula was everywhere, and I do mean everywhere, in the mixed red/white pine forest that comprises Zone 24 but extends into Zones 04, 05, 07, 08, and 09. These Russulas were concentrated near the Tricholomopsis logs in Zone 24 but a few were seen in each of Zones 05, 07, and 08, and scattered elsewhere in Zone 24 besides the Tricholomopsis log area.

But that one area contained so much more. For some reason, a patch of about 10 meters radius about the original Tricholomopsis site is especially myco-fecund. Previously, we had the T. rutilans growing from the logs themselves and a bumper crop of mystery mycenas in the wedge-shaped area between them and nearby, last fall. Then, this spring, we got Galerina and Xeromphalina on the logs and another close-by log, and later on the whole of Zone 24, including this patch, got a major flushing of some sort of mycena or another.

And now this. Within the same small area, the main concentration of this widespread Russula, a lone(!) chanterelle, Suillus pictus (about six in Zone 24 and a couple more in Zone 05, with at least three close to the “magic logs”), Lycogala epidendrum (on one of the “magic” logs, with some more seen nearby in Zone 05), a mystery entoloma, several LBMs (one of them a bolete), a tiny orange mushroom, a dense cluster of little grey mushrooms, and not much farther away, an orange russula and a “bleeding mystery shroom”. I took about 60 photographs just in the central 10-meter-radius area.

The photos show nine russulas or small clusters of russulas; the last of them, one in between the logs accompanied by a Suillus pictus. There were dozens of these mushrooms however, far more than the single dozen or so shown in photos here.

Species Lists


  1. right by the logs.
    1. right by the logs.
      1. right by the logs.
        1. right by the logs.
          1. fairly close to the logs.
            1. fairly close to the logs.
              1. Zone 24, 20m from the logs
                1. Zone 05 20m from the logs
                  1. Zone 07 50m from the logs
                    1. Zone 08 100m from the logs
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