Russula fragrantissima Romagn
Family: Russulaceae
Russula fragrantissima image
National Mushroom Centre  
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:  Poisonous

Habitat: Terrestrial and solitary to gregarious.

Description: Cap: 5-15 cm in diameter, convex becoming broadly convex to flat as it matures, with a shallow depression, slimy when wet and fresh, dull yellow to brownish yellow, the margin lined at maturity, the skin peeling away easily at the margin sometimes beyond halfway to the centre. Hymenophore: Gills attached to the stem, close or nearly distant, whitish to creamy and often discolouring yellowish brown to brownish with maturity. Stem: 4-15 cm tall and up to 4 cm thick, white, discolouring brownish to yellowish or reddish near the base, dry and more or less smooth. Flesh: White. Spore Print: Creamy white.

Comments: Easily separated from most of the others in the group on the basis of its dull yellow colours, large size, and sickly sweet odour. It lacks the orange colourations found in Russula foetentula, and lacks the granules or scurf found on the caps of Russula granulata and Russula pulverulenta. It is not brown like Russula amoenolens.