Russula fucosa is a small, dry, pruinose dark red to orange red with yellowish center. Cuticle easily peels 3/4th to center. Gills are cream, close, somewhat forked at stipe apex. Stipe white or flushed pink. Browns with handling. Slight fishy odor with age or drying. Flavor good. Light yellow-orchre spore print. Associated with hardwoods, especially beech and oak. Flesh truns green with application of FeSo4. Can be confused with Russula pseudolepida, which however, does not brown and is odorless.