Russula cinerascens

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

Red Russula     Subgenus
Russula alutacea
Cap red or pink, with perhaps some yellow or orange mixed in
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Solid Green Russula     Section
Russula aeruginea
cap cuticle entire
Bruising Red Russula     Section
Stem changes color to grey or black when bruised, perhaps with a red phase first
Mundane Purple Russula     Section
Russula xerampelina
Cap color solid, or changing smoothly and universally from center to margin

Russula cinerascens     H. C. Beardslee

Here are the characters that distinguish this species from the others in its group. For its more general characters, see higher up on the page.
If there's just a few words or a microscopic feature here, a more thorough description can be found above.


Microscropic Characters