Russula compacta Frost
Family: Russulaceae
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Dawa Penjor  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: No local name known

Edibility: Edible.

Habitat: Terrestrial and solitary to scattered.

Description: Cap: 5-10 cm diameter, concave when young, convex with a depressed disc with age, surface dry but tacky when wet, whitish developing orange brown pigments with age and exposure to light, staining brown when handled. Hymenophore:Adnate to sub-decurrent gills, close, occasionally forked and yellowish white pinkish tan, staining orange then brown when bruised. Stem: 5-10 cm tall and up to 2 cm wide, equal or slightly wider below, surface cottony, white, staining light brown to pale orange from handling. Flesh: White but slowly staining orange brown when exposed. Spore Print: White to cream.

Comments: R. compacta is a firm-fleshed mushroom that is dull tan at first but becomes brownish with age. It also stains brown when bruised. The pungent fishy odour at first but becomes more strong with age and drying.