Russula luteotacta


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russula luteotacta Rea (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 3โ€“8cm across, flattened convex, later with a depression to shallowly funnel-shaped; red or pink, often with white areas; soon dry, matt; hardly peeling. Stem 30โ€“70ร—5โ€“15mm, club-shaped or narrowing upwards; white or tinted pink in places to completely red. Flesh white; taste hot, smell slight, fragrant, sometimes suggesting coconut. Gills usually slightly but distinctly decurrent, narrow; pale cream. All parts can turn bright yellow on bruising, but often only after several hours. Spores 7โ€“9ร—6โ€“7.5ยต; warts up to 0.7ยต high, mostly isolated, very occasionally joined by fine lines. Spore print whitish (A). Cap cystidia cylindrical, spindle-shaped, or narrowly club-shaped; cap surface hyphae cylindrical or tapering. Habitat with broad-leaved trees, especially on wet clay; summer to autumn. Occasional. Poisonous.

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