White Unchanging 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 densifoliaWhite, Black or Deep Brown Russula     Subgenus
Only cap colors white to cream or buff, or dark brown to black

Unchanging White/Black Russula     Section
Cap and flesh color constant
Stem (only!) perhaps aging or bruising a different color, but only slightly, and not a really dark one

White Unchanging Russula     SubSection     


Narrow down your identification:

Russula brevipes var. brevipes
Taste mild to slightly acrid
Odor odd, slightly disagreeable
Spore print white to pale cream

Russula compactaRussula compacta
Flesh bruising reddish brown; smelling strongly of rotting fish, especially when old

Russula romagnesianaRussula romagnesiana
Stem slowly bruising or aging brown
No odor
Taste mild


Russula rosea
  • Cap up to 3 3/4" across; red or pink, disk usually cream, sometimes entire cap cream; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
  • Gills pale cream, abundantly forked near the stem
  • Growing under hardwoods