Russula ventricosipes Peck    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Russulales   >   Family Russulaceae   >   Genus Russula   


This is an Eastern Shore speciality, often found partially buried in sandy soils near pines (L. Biechele, pers. comm.).


Cap: Wide (up to 14 cm), tawny yellow to brownish-colored, viscid, often coated with sand and needle litter. Odor has a distinctive marzipan or bitter almond smell. Gills: Yellowish-creamy colored and forked near the stem. Stem: Thick, swollen near the center, but tapers to the base. (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)

Where to find:

Pine woods on the Eastern Shore.

There are 6 records in the project database.

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Russula ventricosipes fruiting in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/31/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

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