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ushrooms of North America
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Key 2.4

Russula

 

Is the fruiting body white, turning smoky-gray to black?

Yes

Is the fruiting body colored?  ......................

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Is it white a first, soon soot-gray to black; stalk bruising red then turning black?

Yes

Is it white, sometimes with yellow or brown stains, but never black? ...................

Yes

 

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You have an R. denifolia

 

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Are the gills adnate.....smaller? ........................

Yes

Are the gills decurrent, crowded, dry, and 3" - 8" broad?

Yes

 

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You have an R. brevipes

 

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Is the cap viscid?

Yes

Is the cap dry?

Yes

 

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You have an R. albidula

 

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You have an R. albella

 

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Is the cap green?

Yes

Is the cap other than green?

Yes

 

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Is the cap smooth?

Yes

Is the cap broken into patches?

Yes

 

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You have an R. aeruginea

 

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You have an R. virescens

 

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Is the cap yellow to yellow-orange? ................    ................    ..............

Yes

Is the cap ochre to yellow-brown, very viscid? .....................   .............. ........................

Yes

Does the cap have a dark purplish center and a light pink margin? ..................

Yes

Is the cap red, orange-red to purplish-red? ......................... .....     .....     .....     .....

Yes

 

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Is the cap 1" - 3", clear yellow, does not change color when bruised, and found under birch?

Yes

Is the cap 3" - 5", yellow-orange .....     .....     ....     ..... .    .....     .........................     ......     ........

Yes

 

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You have an R. lutea

 

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You have an R. ochroleuca

 

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You have an R. foetens

 

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You have an R. fallax

 

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Is the cap bright red, the gills white, and the mushroom usually found in moss?

Yes

Is the cap infused with shades of orange-purple and the gills buff to yellow?

Yes

 

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You have an R. emetia

 

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Is the cap purplish-pink, sometimes tinted olive; the stalk white and flushed pink?

Yes

Is the cap red to orange-red, often tinted yellow or purple; the stalk white?

Yes

 

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You have an R. xerampelina

 

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You have an R. paludosa

 

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