Identification: Pink mushroom approx 2-3" high

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by allennef, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. allennef

    allennef Member

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    I found this mushroom growing in a mossy damp area in our local forest walk in Southern Ontario. It has a smooth top with a slight dent in the middle, and pale gills which I think are attached to the stem. Smaller mushrooms nearby seem to be browner in colour, but I'm not sure if they are the same kind. I did a search on the internet.... could it be Russula humidicola? I know nothing about mushrooms, but the picture seemed to fit. Any ideas?
     

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    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I would definitely say Russula. Distinguishing among species in the genus can be difficult. Compare the substrate you found it on to that of R. humidicola to see if they match.
     
  3. allennef

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    Thank you for that information. This mushroom was growing in damp moss beside a path in a mixed forested area. After looking at various pictures of Russula on the internet, it could be Russula humidicola or Russula silvicola.
    I'm really getting an education in identifying fungi!
    Thanks again.
     

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