Compact Russula Russula compacta Frost  


Found solitary or in groups on ground in hardwood forests.


Cap: White/cream to cinnamon-brown; dry, sticky when wet; convex to nearly flat, funnel-shaped in age; flesh white, brittle initially becoming spongy with yellowish tones in age; odor fishy/unpleasant. Gills: White, stain reddish-brown; close to subdistant; often forked near stalk. Stalk: White, stains reddish-brown; dry; smooth; cylindrical but flared near top; hollow in age (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 6 records in the project database.

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Compact Russula (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Compact Russula (gills showing staining) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Compact Russula specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (8/30/2009). Ellipsoid with blunt conic warts up to 1.2 microns; measured 8.4-9.1 X 6.0-7.3 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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