Russula vinacea

     Russula krombholzii
     Russula atropurpurea

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

Motley Purple Russula     Section
Cap usually more than one color, mostly purples and greens, shading from one to the other randomly over the cap

Sometimes Motley Purple Russula     SubSection
Cap intrinsically smoothly shaded, but sometimes with blotches of lighter color
Only some gills forking, or gills forking only near the stem
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Mundane Purple Russula     Section
Russula xerampelina
Cap color solid, or changing smoothly and universally from center to margin

Russula vinacea     Burlingham

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


This mushroom is better known (i.e. in field guides) under the name Russula krombholzii
Russula atropurpurea is another incorrect synonym, though more honestly come by