Collection location: Karkaraly National Park, Karaganda District, Kazakhstan [Click for map]
Russula vesca Russulaceae, Agaricales. (Сыроежка пищевая, сыроежка желто-розовая изменчивая).
Cap: 5-10cm convex up to flattened and sunken in the centre, sometimes cushion-shaped with incurved margin when young, some sticky when wet, smooth; pinkish-yellow or irregular colored light pink and light yellow up to dull pink with yellowish-white spots. Odor is weak and pleasant. Old cap sometimes is without skin along 1-2mm margin edge. Flesh is brittle, white up to dull yellowish-white and loose when dying.
Gills: attached and pinching out toward stalk, close to almost distant; moderately broad, color from white up to dull yellowish-white.
Stalk: 4-7cm long, white up to dull yellowish-white; 1.5-2.5cm thick, usually enlarging down, loose or irregular hollow with edging.
Habitat: common russula kind for this site; small group minor single scattered in pine-tree forest with some birches; sometimes this kind is abundant.
Edibility: good (several methods of cooking).
Comments: looks as Firm Russula (Russula compacta Frost), but smaller and no yellowish-ochre bruising.
June – September.
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