Observation 288304: Russula

When: 2017-08-26

Collection location: Pacific Valley, Stanislaus National Forest, Alpine Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Pgrunow

No specimen available

Under fir and lodgepole pine but not terribly close to the trees
Scent like xerampelina complex. Somewhat fishy, becoming crab-like. Sometimes unpleasant, but not always. Fruitbodies scattered. Spores dull yellow.

In the field, lemon-cream yellow or slightly greenish yellow cap and slightly bright. More colorful than basifurcata, which this is obviously not. Pinkish splotch patterning, reminiscent of maculata group, with the spots becoming larger in age and more cinnamon brown. Most of said splotches near margin. Pileus margin never truly striated. Cap width 7-8 cm

Gills forked in various places: several times near apex, sometimes in middle, and a few times close to margin. Some partial gills present. See photos. Turning dark brown over time, particularly on the gill margins.

Stipe thick, short and clean white in field, staying rather white in time, particularly away from the base. The base of it changing from clean white to Chestnut brown. Length 3 to 3.5 cm


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