This specimen looks exactly like Russula subnigricans shown in "A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms".
I did not collect a sample. I will have to go back tomorrow and collect one and get at least spore samples and spore images.
Russula subnigricans is a species named for a similar European species and then discovered to be a similar but different species. This is a common story.
Additional interest is that there is "Russula subnigricans", very similar looking, in Japan and China that has killed a lot of people. It is known as the only deadly Russula.
Whether there is a similarly toxic species in the South Eastern US seems to be up to debate.
Spore print in progress.
Cap about 2 inches across. Lavender color. White stipe and gills. Shows nibbles on cap and stem where small animals have eaten it. No blushing resulted from this damage, or my picking it. The material was fresh, no wormy or with insects. No lactose. Cap peeled easily.
Cap broke cleanly, pileus was white, stem broke cleanly, stiff fibrous outer, hollowing at center.
Obviously a non-blushing Russula. I did the tip of the tongue taste test to determine if it has an acrid or peppery taste. It is mild and has almost no odor.
NOTE - I only did this test because my confidence on recognizing non-blushing Russula species is very high. I would not taste blushing Russula, acrid smelling Russula, or any Russula with yellow or orange hues, or any completely white Russula, or any "Russula" that showed any characteristics of Amanita.(this only works if one has learned the characteristics of Amanita)
Growing individually under old growth Douglas Fir/ Hemlock. Has a purplish to green tone on cap and a chalky white stipe and gills.
Most closely matches descriptions of R. pulchra. I need to look at the spores to see if they match.
Caps about 2.5 to 3.5 inches across.
No lactose as expected for Russula. Animals have been eating on them and they show no blushing as an effect - i.e., Non-blushing.
I have a white spore print but haven't done more with it.
As in the photos, the color is subdued, not as red as many Russula in the area.
My car horn started honking so I had to leave quickly and check my auto. Wasn't able to get photos of gill details.
The Russulaceae are a family of fungi in the order Russulales. According to a 2008 estimate, the family contains 1243 species. Its species typically have fruit bodies with friable, chalk-like stalks, that break with a distinct crack, somewhat like a carrot but with porous flesh (see below). Microscopically, the cells are not all long thin hyphae, which would provide strength and more fibrous appearance when broken. Instead, the flesh contains also many large spherical cells ("sphaerocysts"),...