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09-Sep-2023 Larry Martin

Russula crassotunicata

Olympic National Forest, Washington

A fairly common PNW species with no common name. It is whitish with creamy white gills and develops yellow-brown stains. It tends to be a persistent and long-lived species, found beneath various conifers. What distinguishes it from hordes of other whitish Russulas is its very thick rubbery and peelable (shown in photo) cuticle (skin). Additionally it has a peppery taste and an unpleasant or nauseating odor reminiscent of coconut or perhaps shellfish gone bad. It is a host species for the mycosaprohytic basidiomycete Dendrocollybia racemosa. It develops diamond-shaped chambers in the stipe that can be seen when it is cut longitudinally, a feature of several other Russulas in its clade.

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