Observation 7009: Russula Pers.

When: 2008-03-11

Collection location: Ti Bar Fire Station, Siskiyou Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Harlan (harlanx6)

No specimen available

This is a pale example of Russula , Cap 5 cm, rosy pink, with gills and stipe pure white.
mild smelling, mild tasting, but acrid.


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Recognized by sight
Used references: Fungi of California, Copyright © 1996-2008 Michael Wood & Fred Stevens
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: Pink tones, white stipe and gills.
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: From the acrid taste, the white gills, and salmon pink tones in cap. Need to confirm white spore print.

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Taste acrid
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-03-14 03:28:37 AEDT (+1100)

In Russulas the taste is either acrid or mild, can’t be both. There are some, that the acrid takes 10 secs or so to kick in, but if they are acrid at all, they aren’t mild.

The mild tasting ones you could chew half the cap and leave it in your mouth for 30 mins, and they would still be mild.

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-03-13 02:33:58 AEDT (+1100)

What was the taste for this one? Acrid?

Too much yellow, too mottled
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-03-12 15:38:08 AEDT (+1100)

R. silvicola (aka R. cremoricolor) is usually either pure red or pure white, but can be a mix of the two. These photos have more yellow in them than I’ve seen in this species. Of course, Russulas are hard to get to species without microscopic work. At minimum I’d need a higher resolution photo. The spore print color (pure white or yellow) and confirmation that it’s acrid would be helpful.