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When: 2007-11-16

Collection location: Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

No specimen available

Fruiting in a mixed forest.
In my limited experience of R. maculata, this doesn’t fit.

Please note the part where I said “limited experience”! My observations of this species have all been in this one park. They’ve all had the orange gills, and none have been this red. I’ve seen either a blush of pink or an all white pileus. On these the gills were a creamy white. I’m headed back today and will check gill color if they’re still present.
11/20/07: they were still present and gills were still closer to to white than orange. Took a spore print from one that had been uprooted and found that, overnight, the gills turned more or less orange and the spore print was pale orange.


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I’m curious what doesn’t fit.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-19 21:21:24 MST (-0700)

Maybe my concept of R. maculata is wrong.

Looks more like Russula maculata to me…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-19 17:28:14 MST (-0700)

My concerns essentially echo Doug’s comment. See observation 100 for an example of R. maculata that looks pretty close to what you found.

I think another Russula…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-11-19 10:57:13 MST (-0700)

I find that R. silvicola (or R. cremoricolor var. silvicola?) is a consistant deep rose red, or tomato red (what ever you call a real red-red). These are more a salmon pink-red with maybe orange tones. R. silvicola will dev. yellow patches in age, or in rain, but they are scattered patches. This is yellow on the disc.

Also did you get the color of the gills, esp. on the older one, and did you taste it? R. silvicola will be quickly acrid, and even in age R. silvicola’s gills will be bright white without stains.