This was in the exact same location as these russulas a month ago.
They were growing under a manuka tree, but was other regenerating species in the vicinity.
They had no taste, and clearly not really nasty as I accidentally swallowed instead of spitting out !
This was smelly as well as peppery. First time noticed the smell.
Found with Ceder most likely -
Found in conjunction with Fly Agric. Associated with ceder most likely Cedrus deodara
(3334) fungi under Birch
The Russulaceae are a family of fungi in the order Russulales. According to a 2008 estimate, the family contains 1243 species. Its species typically have fruit bodies with friable, chalk-like stalks, that break with a distinct crack, somewhat like a carrot but with porous flesh (see below). Microscopically, the cells are not all long thin hyphae, which would provide strength and more fibrous appearance when broken. Instead, the flesh contains also many large spherical cells ("sphaerocysts"),...