Observation 108444: Russula fragrantissima Romagn.

When: 2012-08-17

Collection location: Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA, High Bridge, New Jersey, USA [Click for map]

Who: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)

Specimen available

Large pale-tan capped Russula. Cap viscid/sticky when wet. Collected in mixed deciduous woods, with no obvious tree association. Pleasant almond smell and mild taste. Spore print is color B-C (cream) according to the Kibby-Fatto scale. Amyloid globose to subglobose spores with sharp spines (up to 1 micron tall) with some connectivity between spines. 20 spore average of 7.1 × 6.2 microns, Qm = 1.14.

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The “optical sectioning” of the DIC photomicrograph shows some spores in surface vs. cross section focus. This clearly shows the extent of partial connectivity of spines.

Proposed Names

11% (2)
Used references: http://www.mtsn.tn.it/...
Based on microscopic features
28% (1)
Recognized by sight
44% (2)
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Thanks Walt!
By: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)
2012-09-04 03:27:59 WIB (+0700)

I’m liking the idea of Russula fragrantissima. Spores match and the smell was strong but not unpleasant.

Russula foetens?
By: Linas Kudzma (baravykas)
2012-09-04 01:30:36 WIB (+0700)

Spores and general appearance fits, but the strong odor of almonds was not as disagreeable as some references suggest. These were relatively fresh specimens. Maybe they start to stink later?

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