B = Green
I = Peels 1/3 - 3/4 of Cap Radius
K = White Stem
N = 4-10 cm
S = Acrid, Hot, or Peppery Taste
If white spores (P): Group 26 variata, viridioculata
If cream spores (Q): viridella
- Cap large, green to mixed with lilac-purple, glabrous, somewhat elastic gills, repeated dichotomous forking
Russula variata Variable Russula
- Cap small, disc dark blue-green, margin dull light green, pruinose when young, gills forked only once, brittle
R. viridioculata Green Russula
Neither of these species seems to be our specimen in question. R. variata will be discussed elsewhere (we have many pictures of a species ranging from gray to maroon...). R. viridioculata is described as having brittle gills, but our species looks a little more "elastic" (as in the first choice) for a Russula. It is even more difficult than usual to go by color here since the cap remained under leaves (as illustrated in the pictures) longer than a "normal" specimen may have. Our other choice, the cream-spored species seems to fit anyway:
Russula viridella is "5 - 10 cm, surface pale grayish-green, paler or slightly ochre at disc, dry, minutely squamulose or furfuraceous. Gills white, some forking, thin, narrow, close... Under Hemlock."
...However, reviewing more pictures we can certainly see how variable Russula variata seems to be. Certainly, we need more pictures from this season and we need to review the variable descriptions and pictures of this species.