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Russula mariae

Common Name: Purple-bloom Russula

Synonyms: Russula alachuana

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood forests

Spore Color: White to cream-yellow

Gill Color: Whiteish

Comments: 

One of the easiest Russulas to identify. Look for the purple cap with a white "bloom" on the surface. It is almost like soap scum that you can wipe off with your finger. White stem, sometimes with a blush of color.

Lookalikes:  

Russula vinacea lacks a purple bloom. Russula variata and Russula cyanoxantha usually have greenish tones mixed in, with the latter having forking gills and an acrid taste. Neither of these have a bloom.

Pictures:

Russula mariae

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN