Short-stemmed Russula Russula brevipes Peck  Synonyms: Short-stalked White Russula.


Cap: White/cream; dry, coated with tiny matted fibers; often covered with dirt; convex to flat to vase-shaped in age. Gills: White/cream, stain reddish-brown; crowded; forked. Stalk: White/cream often w/pale greenish band at apex; stains brownish; stout (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Solitary, scattered, groups on ground in coniferous/mixed forests (J. Solem, pers. comm.).


May be attacked by Lobster Fungus.

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A Short-stemmed Russula (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

A Short-stemmed Russula (gills) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Russula brevipes in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/4/2013). Notes from Lance Biechele: "This common species is quite interesting. First, on the western shore it is parasitized by a Hypomyces that turns this mushroom into the delectable "lobster mushroom." Unfortunately, that mold is not found on the Delmarva! Second, there is an identical species R. angustispora [described in Roody's book] that is mycorrhizal with Virginia pine. They can not be separated in the field." Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Short-stemmed Russula spores collected in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Nearly round, warts 0.7-1.7 microns; measured 7.7-8.4 X 6.3-6.8 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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