Russulas are among the most common mushrooms in our area. Even though many can recognize a Russula as such as far as genus, few know specific species names. And there are quite a few! For this reason, I have been working on a club project that will allow us to learn about these mushrooms, document their occurrence, and create a useful online resource for local Russula identification. I have already posted on this project today (see next post). Here again, for convenience, are the links for the project:
DHMS Russulaceae photo page
The Genus Russula by Mushroom Expert
I have started to look through the pictures (gathered together in a "slideshow") from early July. To find this slideshow, scroll to the near bottom of the Russulaceae page (link above). I have printed out several pictures and applied, to the best of my ability, the Kibby & Fatto identification code; jotting notes on the printout as I go through the pictures and material. I have begun recording the codes below the slideshow (see the Russulaceae page).
B I K N S - B= Green ; I= 1/3-3/4 of radius cuticle peel (not obvious from pictures, but seemingly and reduced through key) ; K= White stem ; N= 4-10 cm cap size (estimate based on three specimens pictured in the two pictures above) ; S= Acrid, hot, or peppery taste. If the spores are white, this brings us to group 26, R. variata or R. viridioculata, or if the spores are cream to pale achre to R. viridella. The later is found under Hemlock, which are in the area but not making up the liter in the photos.
F H K M -F= brown ; H= adnate cuticle ; K=white stem ; M=10-20cm (maybe only 4-10cm?, which is N)
A J K O P S Russula betularum ? - A= Red ; J= Peels 3/4 to completely ; K= White stem ; O= 1-4cm ; spores white? ; S= Acrid