The Russulales order contains several families of related fungi, some of which are polypores, coral fungi, toothed fungi, crust fungi and stereums. In other words, there is tremendous variation in the morphology of these various fungi, but they share a similar genetic history. This order is named after the agaricoid (gilled cap and stem fungi) family known as the Russulaceae. The family includes both the closely related Lactarius/Lactifluus and Russula species, which have in common flesh that is usually so fragile, that they can fairly easily shatter into numerous pieces due to their unique cellular structure. To view my most updated presentation on Lactarius/Lactifluus species (4/9/17), I invite you to go to Lactarius and Lactifluus. To view my most recent presentation on Russulas (5/13/17), please visit The Genus Russula

To see the fungi and descriptions of those represented in the following families, click on the cover thumbnail photo for each and examine included species.