Observation 99529: Russula subsect. Foetentinae (Melzer & Zvára) Singer

When: 2012-07-08

Collection location: Bad Godesberg, Germany [Click for map]

Who: deuteragenie

No specimen available

Under fagus/quercus. Taste: pleasant, mild.

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27% (1)
Recognized by sight: can’t see the gill attachment.
67% (1)
Recognized by sight: Typical brownish ochre to honey-coloured, shining or glutinous cap, margin furrowed and with small, low warts. In the stem hollow.
28% (1)
Recognized by sight

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A Russula from the Foetens-Group
By: ThKgk
2012-07-16 14:07:09 CDT (-0500)

R. fragrantissima: An extremely rare species with the scent of anise.
Russula laurocerasi (R. grata): A quite common species. Cap 5-9(10) cm, with a more or less marked odour of bitter almonds. Mostly in beech woods.

Russula foetens: An quite common species. Cap 5-12 (20) cm; with an almost mild taste in the stem and a (very) hot in the gills and additionally bitter or oily. Smell strongly oily, rancid and repugnant. Grows at coniferous and deciduous trees.
Russula subfoetens: Not uncommon, smaller cap 5-8(10) cm, taste mild to hot, smell like foetens but not so strong and more fruity. With deciduous trees. (Birch, oak and other) Stem turns (golden) yellow with 10% KOH.

Russula foetens has no pleasant odor, it smells similar to mouldy cheese.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-07-16 13:52:33 CDT (-0500)

Besides, R. foetens is a partner with conifers.
His lookalike from deciduous forests is R. subfoetens as proposed. You can tell them apart by applying KOH to the context: in R. subfoetens it is turning strongly yellow. But be sure to make this with young or firm fruitbodies and not washed up and old ones. The reaction may be of different intensity or even lacking if doing so.
I know about the complexity of estimating an odor because every individual does sense it differently. But R. grata/laurocerasi has a strong component of aniseed like some Agaricus do have.

By: deuteragenie
2012-07-16 13:52:11 CDT (-0500)

Yes, rather sweet.

Note sure
By: deuteragenie
2012-07-16 13:40:19 CDT (-0500)

The taste is mild/pleasant.

Is smell like aniseed?
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-07-16 13:37:15 CDT (-0500)

Then we have Russula grata = laurocerasi.
If it is a mixture between pleasant and rather nauseous or cheesy then we have
Russula subfoetens.

More info
By: deuteragenie
2012-07-08 11:42:04 CDT (-0500)

It is a russula. Stipe is white.

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