Deeper yellowish 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

Deeper yellowish Russula     SubSection     

Russula ochroleucoides


Narrow down your identification:

Russula earlei
Cap up to 3" across; not peeling at all; margin often irregular; surface often waxy-feeling and scrobiculate
Gills very thick, waxy, distant, pale yellow; partial gills plentiful
Growing under hardwoods

Russula ochroleucoidesRussula ochroleucoides
Cap up to 5" across; some shade of yellowish ochre; pruinose; hardly peeling at all
Gills close, forked near the stem, creamy yellow
Growing under hardwoods

Russula pectinatoides
Cap up to 3 1/4" across; margin tuberculate-striate; viscid; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center, flesh greyish below the cuticle
Stem white, staining yellow brown
Odor fruity-oily

Russula simillima
Cap up to 3 1/4" across; convex to broadly umbonate; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Stem concolorous, spongy to firm
Under beech


Russula alutaceaRussula alutacea
  • Cap up to 6" across; deep vinaceous to straw colored, often with greenish tones as the cap gets lighter, peeling 1/4 of the way to the center
  • Gills yellow ochre, thick, distant, strongly interveined
  • Stem white with a flush of rose at the base, very firm
  • Spore print deep ochre
  • Phenol on flesh slowly bright purple

Russula crustosa