Collection location: Ohio, USA [Click for map]
Which Russulas could this be?
Riparian forest mycorrhizal with White Ash, directly from the forest floor.
White becoming cream, attached gills, close.
5 cm long, 1.5 cm thick, white, smooth, hollow at maturity.
6.5 cm, orange with reddish tones, dry, plane, slightly centrally depressed.
Spore print color:
None taken, I assume white to cream.
I checked around for an orange Russula, but all I came up with was Russula paludosa. Paludosa means “swampy” and these weren’t in a swamp AND they aren’t mycorrhizal with conifers (Russula paludosa is).
Photos by Senor Hongos
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that I find in PA is a member of the xerampelina group… not sure what name is currently best. Phillips called it R. xerampelina var. barlae. It’s not listed on the Rogers Mushrooms page, but rather in the Phillips “Mushrooms of North America” field guide. The link below is for a collection I made with ID verified by use of iron salts. This collection is more red than orange. But many other collections I have made from the exact same spot have been quite orange.
Some of the predominantly red or yellow Russulas are sometimes orange, for instance R. pulchra.
The specimen in this obs seems too brightly colored for R. compacta, at least for the from that typically occurs in my area.
Russula compacta is a very common orange to red-orange species in Ohio. Did any parts, especially gills, bruise rust brown color?