Russula maculata


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russula maculata Quél. & Roze (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex, soon flattening and depressed, margin eventually furrowed; coral to pale pink, sometimes almost orange, often cream in part, especially the centre, frequently with rusty spots; peeling at the margin only. Stem 30–90×10–35mm; white, sometimes tinted pink, rusty spotted, becoming brown. Flesh white; taste sometimes hot, rarely mild, smell fragrant, of cedarwood. Gills adnexed-free, forked, connected by veins at their bases; palish ochre. Spores 8–10×7–9µ, subglobose to ovate; warts up to 1.2µ high, isolated or mostly joined by lines to form a rather incomplete network. Spore print pale ochre to ochre (G–H). Cap cystidia abundant, cylindrical, spindle-shaped, or slightly club-shaped, without septa, reacting with SV. Cap surface hyphae tapering, cylindrical, or swollen at the tip. Habitat with deciduous trees; summer to autumn. Rare. Not edible.

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