Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Spore print orchre.
Spores not reticulated, spines only.
FeSO4 negative, turns brownish.
Stalk bruises brown.
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In Thiers’ Russula, and in the NW Russula 2 key (Christine Robert’s PhD thesis), it seems that R. puellaris is the best match here. There is one caveat, this is supposed to be a small guy, what was the size of the cap here? Thiers lists it at 2.5-5.5 cm. But he as it as seen from Marin, Mendocino and Humbolt, Salt Point is right in the middle there.
Unless you had a better idea of what this might be? But if the cap is the right size, the description matches pretty well. He also says that it should get more yellow with age.
(Gee, I wish I had a better idea what might be difference between red, vinaceous red, brick red, blood red, red with yellow tones, purple with brick red tones, dark reddish purple, pale brick red fading to pale purple with pinkish vinaceous to pale pink to flesh pink in age… and so on… I mean they do this just to get laugh, yes?)