Observation 13953: Russula fragrantissima Romagn.

When: 2008-11-09

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

Strong odor of maraschino cherries

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Wow, you could almost mistake that mushroom for a small C. californicus! ;)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-11 08:56:29 CST (-0600)

except for the odor and raised striations and a dozen other features, of course…

R. fragrantissima, most likely
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-11-11 07:54:50 CST (-0600)

I have examined numerous collections from SPSP in search of R. laurocerasi, but in all cases they turned out to be R. fragrantissima. R. laurocerasi has extremely distinct spores. These can only be separated microscopically, looking at stature, colors, etc is a waste of time. They vary too much in that respect.

D. www.mushroomhobby.com
By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-11-10 18:50:05 CST (-0600)

What about R. laurocerasi? Comparing photos, R. fragrantissima looks like a better match, especially considering stature, however Kuo’s description of the differences in scent leaves a shadow of doubt.

“Taste: Mild to moderately acrid for Russula fragrantissima; acrid for Russula laurocerasi; odor fragrant, reminiscent of maraschino cherries, almonds, or benzaldehyde, but in Russula fragrantissima with a foul component which begins to take over, especially in age.”

This specimen was far from fresh, and yet there was no hint of any unpleasant odour, as described with R. fragrantissima.

Any thoughts??

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-11-10 07:34:15 CST (-0600)

The pileus rotting and pulling off of the skeletal lamelle below was pretty disgusting looking, though i wanted to take a big bite out of these after I smelled them!

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