Really Motley Purple 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

Purple Russula     Subgenus
Russula xerampelina
Cap with at least some purple, lilac, vinaceous or magenta coloring
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Mundane Purple Russula     Section
Russula xerampelina
Cap color solid, or changing smoothly and universally from center to margin
Motley Purple Russula     Section
Cap usually more than one color, mostly purples and greens, shading from one to the other randomly over the cap
Solid Green Russula     Section
Russula aeruginea
cap cuticle entire

Really Motley Purple Russula     SubSection     


Narrow down your identification:

Russula cyanoxantha
Taste mild
Stem white or flushed lilac
Flesh turns very slightly greenish with FeSO4

Russula variata
Taste acrid
Stem sometimes tinted brownish at the base
Gills either repeatedly forked all the way to the margin, or forking until about half-way with the forks then replaced by partial gills (like forks, but missing the connection to a main gill)