Mundane Purple Russula     Section

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 xerampelinaPurple Russula     Subgenus
Cap with at least some purple, lilac, vinaceous or magenta coloring

Mundane Purple Russula     Section     

Russula xerampelina


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Russula xerampelinaFishy Purple Russula     SubSection

Russula puellaris
Cap up to 2" across; purple or vinaceous to dull brick red, soon washing out
Flesh and stem staining and aging yellowish ochre
In wet woodland areas


Russula cinerascens
  • Stem white, quickly becoming red, then black, when bruised

Really Motley Purple Russula     SubSection

Russula vinacea
  • Cap up to 5" across; vinaceous, darkening to blackish over the disk, often splotched with yellowish ochre; viscid when moist; peeling 1/2-2/3 of the way to the center
  • Stem sometimes rusty spotted at base; often grayish in age
  • Gills cream, often spotted rusty, close, forked near the stem

Russula mariaeRussula mariae
  • Cap up to 3 1/4" across; often partly or all creamy yellow when young, sometimes also green; with a white bloom; margin striate; peeling 2/3 of the way to the center
  • Stem often flushed pinkish purple

Russula sanguineaRussula sanguinea
  • Cap up to 4" across; deep red or purplish red to pink or almost white; barely peeling at all; striate in age
  • Flesh firm to hard
  • Taste slight to moderately acrid, and sometimes also bitter
  • Under pines