Observation 48262: Russula Pers.

When: 2010-07-08

Collection location: Port Dover, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Eva Skific (Evica)

No specimen available

The mushrooms were found in the relatively small burned area near the Provincial Park Turkey Point. The trees are mostly oak and pines, that are still alive. Right now the ground is recuperating and small plant and grass are growing. The destroying floor fire happened sometime in the spring.

I found two similar mushrooms spices. One with and one without the hole in the CAP. The stipe is abut 1cm in the ground from 10 cm height. The smell, (my husband’s) is close to the smell of almonds.

There are water droplets on some of the gills.

If you look the pictures closely it can bee seen.

I have speciments ready to be shiped.

Need address if someone is interested



Proposed Names

69% (4)
Recognized by sight: There are a few Russula species that have the almond (or somewhat similar) odor.
24% (3)
Recognized by sight: The frequent centralized hole in the top of the cap leading into the stipe strongly suggests Lactarius or other similar gastroid species. The clear latex on the gills also strongly points to Lactarius. While the stipe appears much larger than any material I have seen before in the genus Arcangeliella, this might be something of a transitional species.

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By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-07-11 12:47:21 CDT (-0500)

These are symbiotic with Oak, pine, and hemlock as well as other trees. It is a very common group. The central hole is sometimes seen in russulas and I would guess it is environmentally caused.

tightly appressed cap
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-07-11 12:44:07 CDT (-0500)

is not unusual in this Russula complex, at least in the East. The water droplets are typical as well.

And there are some Russula with depressed caps.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-07-11 12:36:55 CDT (-0500)

I’ve never collected Russula with tightly appressed cap as this has. The consistent central hole, even if young, in the cap screams Lactarius or relative to me.

Has anyone seen young Russula with cap tightly appressed to the stipe and barely erumpent? While truffle hunting, I frequently find baby Russula. Even in the under the duff stage and perhaps 1/4 tall, gills are still free from the stipe. Arcangeliella is often about the same general size as a baby Russula, but the gills are very distorted. Also, the stipe is usually vestigial, rarely pushing the head above the duff layer.

But in this case, the duff layer was likely burnt, as noted. Lactarius or relative still seems probable to me.

Russula fragrantissima
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-07-11 10:17:33 CDT (-0500)

and Russula laurocerasi require microscopy to separate them.

Phillips writes about R. fragrantissima,
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-07-11 08:43:08 CDT (-0500)

“Stem… soon hollow.”

Second photo
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-07-10 23:42:59 CDT (-0500)

clearly shows holes at the base of the stipe, suggesting the stipe is hollow. Not a Russula characteristic.

Curious rhizomorphs
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-07-10 23:41:39 CDT (-0500)

on the base of the stipe: something I’ve not seen in Russula.

By: Eva Skific (Evica)
2010-07-09 14:33:05 CDT (-0500)

“There are water droplets on some of the gills. "

I think the droplets may be water.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2010-07-09 12:25:31 CDT (-0500)

Phillips says about R. fragrantissima (one of names he uses for a Russula in the brown staining odorous group), “Gills… often beaded with moisture on margin when young.”

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-07-08 12:17:54 CDT (-0500)

Did you say your husband’s smell is close to the smell of almonds? Perhaps he and your Russula are both members of the Foetens group!

last 3 photos
By: Eva Skific (Evica)
2010-07-08 12:01:19 CDT (-0500)

Two fungi have a hole in the cap, one is without.
2 last pictures is the mushroom without hole
i did say

“I found two similar mushrooms spices”

I found two similar mushrooms spices.

x2 fungi
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-07-08 11:43:33 CDT (-0500)

The last two photos might be distinct from the others. Lacks the lobotomy and has a much more swollen/tapered stipe base.

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