Russula laurocerasi  Melzer, (1920)                                    *Collections: Eastern North America
Current Name: Russula grata

This species is very similar to Russula fragrantissima and has the same almond fragrance. I couldn't tell them apart if it weren't for the spore differences. The distinctly ornamented spores with protruding wings are the most  interesting part of this species. This species is fairly common in Eastern North America and while listed from California, I've never collected it there.

Uniquely ornamented spores.