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*** Warning ***

I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Russulas 

Although the Russula genus of gilled mushrooms can easily be recognized by even an amateur, recognizing the distinction between species is not as simple!  

While the Russulaceae family includes both the Russula and Lactarius genera, the main difference between the two are their tissues.  While the gills of a Russula will break easily when touched and the stem will snap when bent, Lacatrius is not as brittle and will bleed a milky substance when cut or bruised.  

Russula's are difficult to identify.  The images below may be of Russula amoenolens?  a species with a light to dark yellowish or grayish brown cap that is 4-10 cm across.  Gills are white, yellow or pale orange.  Stems are 3-7 cm long and up to 3 cm thick.  The flesh is white.

Russula nigricans has a whitish cap that discolours to a brownish, ash gray or brown.

Russula densifolia also has a whitish cap that also discolours to a brownish, ashy gray, brown or black.

 

R. densifolia - 1 ?
[Photographed in the late fall in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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R. densifolia - 2 ?
[Photographed in the late fall in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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R. densifolia - 3 ?
[Photographed in the late fall in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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R. densifolia - 4 ?
[Photographed in the late fall in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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R. densifolia - 5 ?
[Photographed in the late fall in Northern Ontario, Grundy Lake Provincial Park]

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