Russula olivacea (Schaeff.) Fries (1838)  sensu auct. Calif.               *California & Pacific Northwest

This is one of the most strikingly beautiful Russula species in the coastal forests of Northern California. The firm texture and nutty flavor make it a favorite for the table too. It lacks the fishy odor of the Xerampelina complex, which makes it a very attractive choice to some. One of the key distinguishing characteristic of this species is the finely zonate pileus. Illustrated here is the Western American concept of Russula olivacea. The European species is similar, but I do not believe that they are conspecific.

Distinctly, but finely zonate pileus

R. xerampelina & R. olivacea

Spores: distinctly spiny