Upcoming Botany group Meeting
First of all, our next Gathering will be on Monday November. The forecast at this point seems to call for showers. However, we will have a walk around our woods first to see the latest crop of fungi. This year has been good for a whole lot of species that did not even make an appearance in the past two years. We can talk about Mushroom Identification and then for lunch there will be mushroom soup -with amongst other ingredients Russula xerampelina, which were abundant a couple of weeks ago and easy to identify (for once) using the characteristic features listed in Siegal & Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast (which includes many species that are to be found all the way up to our coast).
The attached photo should illustrate the stipe staining slowly yellow when scratched. When cooked the red of the cap turned the whole flesh pink ( another reason for the common name shrimp russula?)
It would be appreciated if you let me know that you are coming, to give me a rough idea of numbers for soup , coffee and tea.