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Russula modesta Peck
Bull. New York State Mus. Nat. Hist. 116: 78. 1907.

Original diagnosis

Pileus firm but thin and flexible, broadly convex, becoming nearly plane or centrally depressed, dry, pruinose, even or obscurely striate on the margin, greenish gray, paler on the margin, flesh white, taste mild; lamellae thin, close, many forked at the base, a few short ones, narrowed toward each end, adnate or slightly decurrent, white becoming yellowish, the interspaces venose; stem short, cylindric, solid, glabrous, white; spores subglobose, pale yellowish, .00025–.0003 of an inch long, nearly as broad.
Pileus 1–2.5 inches broad, the stem 1–1.5 inches long, 3–5 lines thick.
Woods. Albany country. July.
This species differs from its allies in the pruinose appearance of the surface of the pileus. Under a lens, this is seen to be due to a minute whitish tomentose pubescence. A form of this species with the pileus more distinctly green has been received from Miss T. L. Smith who collected it under oak trees and reports it to be edible.


Holotypus: f1962 (NYS)
North America: United States: New York: Menands, Albany County




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