Bright Yellow Russula     SubSection

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

Russula paludosaRussulales     Suborder
Flesh without fibers, fracturing with the same sort of break as a piece of chalk
Spore and gill color limited to white, yellow, or ochre
Mycorrhizal: occuring only on the ground, and only when there are trees nearby
No ring or volva on stalk
All fleshy-stemmed mushrooms whose gills exude a latex when cut go here

RussulaRussula     Genus
No latex
Cap usually brighter colored than Lactarius
Stalk usually white or tinged with color of cap

Russula ochroleucoidesYellow to Brownish Russula     Subgenus
Cap entirely yellow or light brown

Non-smelly Yellow Russula     Section
Not foul-smelling or smelling of marzipan,
but it may have a fruity or other kind of odor

Bright Yellow Russula     SubSection     

Russula claroflava


Narrow down your identification:

Russula claroflavaRussula claroflava
Gills, flesh and stem bruise dark grey (the picture is a little too dark, actually)
Cap up to 4" across; sometimes viscid; peeling 1/2-3/4 of the way to the center
In swampy woods, especially under birch

Russula flaviceps
Cap up to 4" across; amber-yellow to golden yellow; viscid; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Gills white, maturing pale yellow

Russula flavida
Cap up to 4" across; minutely velvety; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Stem minutely velvety; concolorous with cap; firm

Russula xantho
Cap up to 3 3/4" across; golden yellow, aging reddish orange; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Gills pale ochre edged with bright yellow
Stalk often flushed bright yellow
Spore print ochre