Russula nauseosa


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russula nauseosa (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2โ€“7cm across, convex, later flattening and finally with a shallow depression, margin often shallowly warty and furrowed; wine-coloured to red or often pale, washed-out colours, greyish-rose, pale brownish, dull yellowish, or tinged greenish; thin-fleshed, fragile; easily peeling. Stem 20โ€“75ร—5โ€“15mm, often narrow club-shaped; white, often tinged brownish or yellowish; often hollow, soft, fragile. Flesh white; taste mild or slightly hot. Gills almost free, thin, connected by veins at their bases; saffron. Spores 7โ€“11ร—6โ€“9ยต, ovate-elliptical; warts up to 1.2ยต high, isolated or occasionally with fine lines attached. Spore print pale ochre to ochre (Gโ€“H). Cap cystidia abundant, mainly club-shaped, with 0โ€“2 septa. Habitat with conifers; late spring to early autumn. Uncommon. Edible but possibly best avoided due to its hot taste.

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