Russula odorata


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russula odorata Romagn. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3โ€“5cm across, becoming flat, soon depressed, margin sulcate; dull purplish-brown, colour soon washing out in wet conditions to vinaceous-ochre; fragile; peeling almost completely. Stem 25โ€“80ร—10mm; white, bruising slightly yellow; fragile. Flesh white; taste mild to slightly hot; smell aromatic, fruity to most people. Gills thin, strongly interveined; ochre-yellow. Spores 6.7โ€“8.5ร—5.7โ€“7ยต, ovate; warts up to 1ยต high, with partial reticulum. Spore print deep ochre (Gโ€“H). Habitat in broad-leaved woods, mainly oak; autumn. Rare. Unknown edibility.

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