Russula pectinoides is another foetid mushroom that looks very much like many others in the foetid group. It has a yellow-ochre viscid cap that becomes depressed and vase-shaped with maturity. It develops pinkish-brown spots on its bumpy tuberculate-striate margin. The cuticle peels half-way to the disc.The whitish to cream colored gills slightly decurrent and are forked at the stem apex. The stem is white, tapered at the base, and discolors yellowish-brown with age. It initially smells faintly of maraschino cherries, almonds or benzaldehyde, but the odor becomes unpleasantly foul with age. Spores are whitish-cream. It can be found in hardwood forests inhabited with oak, beech and hickory from July through September.