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Russula Variant

Observed: 26th September 2013 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Fungi and LichensJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Fungi and LichensJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Solitary fungus seen on rocky area adjacent to waterfall and on edge of coniferous wood.
Title amended light of feedback.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Peachysteve's picture

Russula

I find it very difficult to distinguish between all the different Russula. Especially the red ones.
I wonder if you have some good tips or if you have looked in Collins Complete British Wildlife which only shows that particular one?

John Pilkington's picture

Russula

My guess was guided by the Collins book; if there are many similar looking species/sub-species, then perhaps I ought to change the guess to Russula only.

Peachysteve's picture

Russula

You can get a feel for the complexity of this group on Roger Phillips site http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/visualkey.asp

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Rogers Mushrooms

Thanks for the reference, Peachysteve, as you suggest, a complex problem. Will change title to reflect Russula variant.

mattprince1969's picture

Actually..

I missed the conifers link.. not likely to be flirt if there wasn't deciduous..

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Flirt

Thanks for feedback and possible alternative ID. The path I was following (unfortunately) ran between a mainly coniferous section of trees on the right and a mainly deciduous section on the right. This specimen was found where the mainly deciduous section was further down the gorge (which was presumably created by a combination of the fault that gave rise to the adjacent waterfall and the cutting action of the river). However, on reflection, I can't be sure that there weren't one or two deciduous nearby.