Growing by a big apple tree.
Russula, white, growing under silver beech
Russula, with red cap growing under silver beech
Russula, with purple cap, growing under silver beech
Russula, growing on trunk of tree fern in silver beech forest
Unusual in that it is growing on a tree fern trunk
Terricolous, solitary, uncommon, in rawiri (Kunzea linearis) forest. Emergent from deep leaf litter layer composed mostly of fallen leaves and twigs of rawiri. Thallus 30 mm tall from stalk base to cap apex; cap upper surface smooth, red-brown, stalk white, gills white.
Solitary specimen seen in rawiri (Kunzea linearis) forest. Emergent from deep leaf litter layer composed mostly of fallen leaves and twigs of rawiri. Thallus c. 50-55 mm long from base to apex of cap; cap involute above with marked central depression, pale orange, smooth; gills pale orange; stalk white with very faint orange cast.
In dense mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides) forest. In very dark sites in deep drifts of well rotted leaf litter. Thallus solitary, large cap 80 mm diam., stalk + cap from ground to apex 120 mm. Cap involute, with prominent dish-shaped depression, upper surface smooth, vinous red; underside yellow, gills yellow; stalk pink.
In dense mountain beech (Fuscospora cliffortioides) forest. In very dark sites in deep drifts of well rotted leaf litter, often obscured by lush ferns grwoth (Blechnum montanum and B. procerum). Thallus white, involute with deep central depression on top side. Gills white, stalk white, cap top side white. A species of Russula?
Lignicolous on decorticated, mostly rotted beech (Fuscopsora ?cliffortioides) log lying in dense beech forest. Colonial fruiting bodies. Top side of cap flat, more or less oblong-spathulate, brownish, streaked with darker bands, fleshy; undersides orange-yellow, gills pale orange-yellow; stalk pale orange. Uncommon.
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"),...