Two new varieties of Russula Pers. (Basidiomycota: Russulaceae) from Sal forests of Shiwaliks, India

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Jitender Kumar
Narender Singh Atri


This paper deals with two new varieties of Russula species, R. camarophylla var. reticulospora var. nov. and R. aurea var. minuta var. nov. These were collected from the Shiwalik range of northwestern India, in association with Shorea robusta. Russula aurea var. minuta differs from R. aurea in having small sized sporophores, dentate to wavy gill edges with golden or yellow deposition instead of smooth and much smaller spores. Whereas, mushroom R. camarophylla var. reticulospora is close to Russula camarophylla except for the larger carpophores that have white cream pileus surface and larger spores. In basidiospores warts are connected to form mostly complete reticulum instead of mostly isolated warts reported in Russula camarophylla. In view of the presence of some unique varied features in the presently examined collections two new varieties of Russula has been proposed. 

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