Smelly Yellow Russula     Section

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

Russula paludosaRussulales     Suborder
Flesh without fibers, fracturing with the same sort of break as a piece of chalk
Spore and gill color limited to white, yellow, or ochre
Mycorrhizal: occuring only on the ground, and only when there are trees nearby
No ring or volva on stalk
All fleshy-stemmed mushrooms whose gills exude a latex when cut go here

RussulaRussula     Genus
No latex
Cap usually brighter colored than Lactarius
Stalk usually white or tinged with color of cap

Yellow to Brownish Russula     Subgenus
Russula ochroleucoides
Cap entirely yellow or light brown
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Dark Brown Russula     SubSection
Russula amoenolens
Cap dark brown; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center; margin tuberculate-striate;

Smelly Yellow Russula     Section     

Russula foetentula


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Russula mutabilisSimply Striate Smelly Yellow Russula     SubSection

Russula foetentulaTuberculate Smelly Yellow Russula     SubSection

Russula fragrantissima
Cap up to 8" across; cuticle gelatinous; peeling 1/3-3/4 of the way to the center
Gills pale yellow to buff
Stem paler version of cap color
Stains on gills and cap yellow brown to dark yellow brown