Observation 22620: Russula fragrantissima Romagn.

When: 2009-06-28

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

These boring beige Russulas stand out from other boring-beige Russulas because of their viscid caps and distinctive sweet smell.

The smell is unique, but it is close to Marisino Cherries.



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You can apply this name to the second photo I think
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-30 08:18:08 EDT (-0400)

but that doesn’t solve the first one; I am still convinced this is different and comes close to Russula pectinata group. Next time you should make an exsiccatum but first try all macrochemical reactions. What about the taste of the reddening ones?

Thanks Dave!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-30 08:00:02 EDT (-0400)

R. laurocerasi led me to Russula fragrantissima at MushroomExpert.

" Odor strong and fragrant, reminiscent of maraschino cherries, almonds, or benzaldehyde—with a foul component which begins to take over, especially in age"

The difference in color between the two photos is mostly due to different lighting I think.

By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-06-30 07:50:49 EDT (-0400)

It’s been years since I actually bothered to examine any of these “almond scented” types. I had forgotten there are more than one species of this type, like Gerhard says. How about R. laurocerasi (for at least part of the collection)? I got this out of Phillips, so it may be an old name.

maybe not candy
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-29 20:02:02 EDT (-0400)

What they really smell like is cherry-scented urinal cakes, which could be found in every grade-school boys room when I was growing up. The smell is potent and sweet, but something about it says “Don’t eat me”.

two collections, same distinct smell
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-29 08:09:18 EDT (-0400)

The photos are of two different groups of mushrooms found the same day. Both collections had the same potent aroma. They smell like artificially flavored cherry candy.

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-29 07:55:13 EDT (-0400)

does not belong to this group and does not stain reddish in the base of the stipe but the second photo (the yellowish one) does indeed look like R. subfoetens. Are these two pics the same species???

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-29 07:34:56 EDT (-0400)

belongs in the vicinity of Russula pectinatoides/insignis that is to say its American counterparts

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