Sometimes 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

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     


Narrow down your identification:

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 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