Tuberculate Smelly Yellow Russula     SubSection

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

Russula ochroleucoidesYellow to Brownish Russula     Subgenus
Cap entirely yellow or light brown

Russula foetentulaSmelly Yellow Russula     Section
Smelling either sweet (like almonds or marzipan), or extremely foul
Cap color various shades of yellowish brown
Gills close; often stained or spotted some shade of brown
Stem large, firm; usually stained some shade of brown at the base
Taste acrid

Tuberculate Smelly Yellow Russula     SubSection     

Russula foetentula


Narrow down your identification:

Russula foetentulaRussula foetentula
Cap up to 4" across; viscid when wet; peeling 1/2 of the way to the center
Gills yellowish orange to creamy yellow
Stem cavernous; concolorous with cap but paler; stains (when present) reddish brown

Russula laurocerasi var. fragrans
Cap up to 5" across; peeling up to 3/4 of the way to the center; minute red particles present in between the striations
Stem often long, colored like cap but lighter

Russula ventricosipes
Cap up to 5 1/2" across; viscid when wet; peeling 1/2-3/4 of the way to the center
Stem short, squat, pointed and reddish at base
Flesh very firm
Odor faint
In sandy soils near pines, often almost buried in the sand