Russula viscida

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Russula viscida Kudřna (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 5.5–13.5cm across, convex; blackish-purple, sometimes with olivaceous tints; fleshy, firm; hardly peeling. Stem 35–75×12–30mm, equal; white, flushed rose or reddish in part. Flesh white; thick, firm; taste mild to a little hot; smell pleasant, sweet, like honey. Gills rather close, strongly interveined; white to pale ivory. Spores 7.5–11×6.5–9.5µ, ovate; warts up to 0.5µ high, with irregular connectives forming a light reticulum. Spore print cream (C–E). Habitat with conifers; late summer to autumn. Very rare on Red Data List. Unknown edibility. Note photographed by Geoffrey Kibby.