Green-cracking Russula Russula virescens (Schaeffer) Fries    Synonyms: Green Brittlegill, Quilted Green Russula.
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Russulales   >   Family Russulaceae   >   Genus Russula   

Status: summarizes this species' taxonomy as follows: "Russula virescens, it turns out, is strictly a European species; in North America 'the virescens-crustosa group is much more complex than suspected and embraces at least a dozen taxa in the eastern US' (Buyck & collaborators, 2006). Most of these DNA-defined species have yet to be published, but Russula parvovirescens, with its blue-green colors and very large patches, is one that can be fairly easily recognized without a sequencing laboratory. As for the rest, we have no choice but to call them Russula virescens and Russula crustosa for now, while we await further publications."

There are 8 records in the project database.

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A Green-cracking Russula in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/28/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

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