Solid Green 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 virescensGreen Russula     Subgenus
Cap at least partially green or olive, with no purple coloration
Try yellowish olive-capped specimens here first, before trying Yellow or Brown Russula

Solid Green Russula     Section     

Russula aeruginea


Narrow down your identification:

Russula aerugineaRussula aeruginea
Cap up to 3 1/4" across; greyish olive green to yellowish green; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center; margin often sulcate (although not in the picture)
Gills pale buff when mature; brittle; forking near stem
Flesh light salmon with FeSO4
Spore print light ochre

Russula modesta
Cap up to 3" across; scurfy; grey green to olive, often with a brownish disk; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Gills close, forked near the stem, pale buff
Spore print pale yellow
Growing under hardwoods, especially oaks

Russula subgraminicolor
Cap up to 3 1/4" across; uniformly bluegrass green; margin striate; peeling 1/2-3/4 of the way to the center
Under oak


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

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

Really Motley Purple Russula     SubSection