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mushroom id help

 
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hihi.

I found 3 of these mushrooms residing between the fence and a pine tree in our yard. They appear flat, with sort of a concave-ish-ness to them in the center. I tried to gently bend it over to show the whole stem and top part. They're rather low to the ground, and I didn't want to pull any out.

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That would be in the Russula genus. Here's a link to the Mushroom Expert's key on further identifying which Russula it is.
 
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I also have a pretty beautiful violet mushroom that needs IDing! This was found in a high altitude forest just outside Glacier National Park in Northern Montana. Would love to hear your thoughts.
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Sorry, here's a better photo with the gills visible:
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Maybe Russula mariae?

Interesting the way the stem is twinned. Were there many in the area?
 
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Nope this was the only one actually and no one else in our group found any others. You might be on to something with that, although yeah, I don't know about the "twinness" that's really unique. Hmm.
 
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That "twinning" is not all that unusual, mushrooms growing next to each other don't have any sense of individuality, so they can easily fuse together. I just thought it might have been part of a larger clump.
 
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Very cool mushroom there Madison - first time I've seen a purple one before!

Thanks John for the link. I don't think I found the exact one, but knowing the species is equally helpful(:
 
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