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Beautiful shots of a magnificent yet dangerous fruiting body. Great detail!
As to your question Rieko, it looks unlikely that they're both the same. Note the distinct green/olive tones on this mushroom, while that of yours are -- as I observe -- various shades of brown along with white. There are other distinguishing features as well, but this one alone can help separate it from the one you've found. Based on my minute mycological knowledge, yours appears to be some form of discolored Russula. Good luck with the ID!
Thanks for the notification! I was unaware that a) I knew its identity (I thought there could be other species; I am in no shape or form an expert on this creature) and b) that I did not provide that scientific name. But now it's all settled, thank you!
Oh, you're telling me! After hopelessly searching the parks here in town for any fungal activity, I was very taken aback to see such a grand fungi near some shade. And the surprising thing is that the base is extremely moist, even though I found it on a hot scorching day!
Russulas that grow with pine. Quite a bunch of members from Russula fit that description, don't they? One factor is indeed color (traditionally, I've seen R. emetica to be a bold- and bright-colored red -- not purple -- agaric, but that's besides the point right now), but I think you gotta give some more information about why you believe it's R. emetica. The habitat and color are two, but more could be an uplifted depressed cap in age, fairly well-spaced gills, a very faintly fillibrose/velvety cap, etc. I don't really bother much with the identification of reddish-tinged Russulas; there is much debate about them even amongst experienced mycologists, and even with potent microscope and chemical tests performed on these mushrooms, there's still much confusion on which is which.
Yes, Calvatia seems to be the perfect genus, although, along with a couple of friends over at Mushroom Observer, we've come up with the consensus that this is C. rubroflava. Its description is perfect and I'm just happy to find an ID that I have no doubts over. :)
Thank you though!
Lars, I'd been searching long and hard for an ID to this find, when the answer went unnoticed as your suggestion! Forgive me for that, I honestly did not see it. Well, after countless guide-flipping, I came to the conclusion that it is L. perlatum, and your suggestion gives more weight to that notion. Thank you.